Birds & Trees of North America by Rex Brasher

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

Title Page with Hymn of Thanksgiving
RXB616 $125
Index Page
RXB617 $125
Purple Finches with Ides of March
RXB618 $125
Lawrence Goldfinch
RXB619 $125
Kadiak Pine Grosbeak
RXB622 $165
Alaska Pine Grosbeak
RXB623 $165
California Pine and Rocky Mountain Pine Grosbeak
RXB624 $225
Pine Grosbeak
RXB625 $245
Pine Siskin
RXB635 $125
Evening and Western Evening Grosbeak
RXB627 $245
House, San Lucas House and San Clemente House Finch
RXB631 $145
Aleutian Rosy Finch
RXB629 $125
Guadalupe House Finch
RXB632 $145
Arkansas Goldfinch and Greenback Goldfinch
RXB638 $165
Pale Goldfinch and Willow Goldfinch
RXB636 $165
RXB637 $165
Graycrown Rosy Finch and Hepburn Rosy Finch
RXB640 $125
Black Rosy Finch
RXB641 $125
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Birds & Trees of North America by Rex Brasher

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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