Original Brasher Bird Prints 1930

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Each print measures approximately 17 ½ inches wide by 12 inches long


Title Page
RXB141 $125
Index
RXB142 $125
Magpie
RXB143 $165
Yellowbill Magpie
RXB144 $165
"Chestnut Days" Blue Jay special illustration no text
RXB145 $175
Green Jay
RXB146 $165
Florida Blue Jay
RXB147 $175
Xantus Jay and Belding Jay
RXB157 $165
Woodhouse Jay
RXB151 $165
Longcrest and Blackhead Jay
RXB150 $155
Santa Cruz Jay
RXB155
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Blue-Ear Jay
RXB156 $165
Alaska Jay and Labrador Jay
RXB159 $155
Oregon Jay and Gray Jay
RXB160 $155
Orchard Oriole
RXB165 $165
Audubon Oriole
RXB162 $165
Scott Oriole
RXB167 $165
Pinyon Jay
RXB168 $155
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Original Brasher Bird Prints 1930

Rex Brasher never veered from the lifelong ambition he first formulated at the age of 10 to draw all the birds of North America. The story of his life is so moving, riveting and detailed that we cannot do justice to it here but refer the reader on to our list of references. Born in July 1869, the son of amateur ornithologist & taxidermist, Philip Marston Brasher, he was descended from a prominent French Huguenot family. Raised in an environment where ornithology was ever present, there was much critical discussion in the household of bird art, including the imperfections in Audubon’s work.

In 1907, Brasher met the famous bird painter, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, at American Museum of Natural History, and they became good friends. Fuertes was very influential in the development of Brasher’s artistic range and technique. In 1911 Rex bought a 150 acre farm in Connecticut, the Chickadee Valley, with the $700 proceeds from a sale of book illustrations. Here, in 1928, almost 100 years after the publication of Audubon’s Birds of America, Brasher finished his paintings, which he considered the completion of the work begun by John James Audubon.

It was truly a magnificent survey of the birds of North America based on 44 years of dedicated toil and sketching in the field. Dwarfing Audubon’s previous record of 489 species, it illustrated over 2500 figures of birds on 864 plates, with birds in different states of plumage and development. Listed were 1200 species and sub-species of birds according to the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) Checklist of North American Birds. The accompanying illustrations of tree species and bird habitat were also an important contribution to the field.

We are offering a selection of these extremely rare prints, all in excellent condition on strong paper with brilliant original hand coloring. Each print measures 17 ½ inches long by 12 inches wide, an oblong folio. The prints were mounted on a stub of rayon on the left edge (shown below) to be included in the binder and we have not trimmed this, but it can be framed out if you wish.  There is a copy of the text for almost all the prints and a copy of the original title page signed by Brasher himself will be included. The scans we show do not do justice to the brilliance and subtlety of the hand coloring, so prepare to be as entranced as we are when you receive your order.

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Rex Brasher Birds Ivory Billed Woodecker
Ivorybill Woodpecker


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