5¢ John James Audubon
American Painting Series
Issue Date: December 7, 1963
City: Henderson, KY
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Dark blue and multicolored
The third stamp in the American Painting Series, U.S. #1241 honors John James Audubon. The stamp pictures his hand-colored engraving titled, “Columbia Jay.”
John James Audubon (1785-1851)
Artist and Naturalist
Audubon was born in Les Cayes, Santo Domingo – today’s Haiti. As a youth, he spent much of his spare time drawing birds. After several failed business ventures as an adult, Audubon decided to publish a collection of paintings of North American birds.
He moved to Louisiana and painted birds in their natural surroundings. He was one of the first people to paint and study North American birds. He conducted the first bird-banding study in America before setting off to locate and paint all the birds on the continent. In 1826, Audubon traveled to England and became an instant celebrity whose fans included King George IV.
Audubon’s “Birds of America” contains 435 life-sized, colored engravings made from his watercolor paintings. With Scottish naturalist William MacGillivray, he authored “Ornithological Biography.” Later, he worked with John Bachman to produce “The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.”