John James Audubon
American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter
- Hunting, fishing, drawing, and music occupied my every moment; cares I knew not, and cared naught about them. I purchased excellent and beautiful horses, visited all such neighbors as I found congenial spirits, and was as happy as happy could be.
- On his life at Mill Grove, in Pennsylvania in "Audubon's Story of His Youth" edited by Maria R. Audubon, in Scribner's Magazine Vol. XIII, No. 3, (March 1893), p. 278
- I cannot write at all, but if I could how could I make a little book, when I have seen enough to make a dozen large books? I will not write at all.
- Journal entry in Audubon and His Journals (1897), edited by Maria R. Audubon, Vol. I, "The European Journals 1826 - 1829", p. 184
The Life and Adventures of John James Audubon, the Naturalist (1868)Edit
- Quotes of Audubon from The Life and Adventures of John James Audubon, the Naturalist (1868) edited by Robert Buchanan - Onlilne text at The Internet Archive - Online text at Google Books
- Captain Hall expressed some doubts as to my views respecting the affection and love of pigeons, as if I made it human, and raised the possessors quite above the brutes. I presume the love of the mothers for their young is much the same as the love of woman for her offspring. There is but one kind of love; God is love, and all his creatures derive theirs from his; only it is modified by the different degrees of intelligence in different beings and creatures.
- Ch. X, p. 139
- I took down my portfolio, to select a drawing to copy in oil. He had never seen my works before, and appeared astonished as his eyes ranged over the sheets. He expressed the warmest admiration, and said, "How hopeless must be the task of my giving any instruction to one who can draw like this?" I pointed out to him that nature is the great study for the artist, and assured him that the reason why my works pleased him was because they are all exact copies of the works of God, — who is the great Architect and perfect Artist; and impressed on his mind this fact, that nature indifferently copied is far superior to the best idealities.
- On a meeting with a young artist, Mr. J. B. Kidd, Ch. X, p. 140
- Thank God it has rained all day. I say thank God, though rain is no rarity, because it is the duty of every man to be thankful for whatever happens by the will of the Omnipotent Creator; yet it was not so agreeable to any of my party as a fine day would have been.
- Ch. XXIX, p. 348
- Profile at the National Audubon Society
- The John James Audubon Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University
- The Audubon Journey
- "Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection", Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, Auburn University
- The Audubon House Gallery
- John James Audubon — 'The Birds of America'
- Birds of America online version of 1840 "First Octavo Edition"
- Life of John James Audubon (1869) (full book)
- Large Collection of Paintings by Audubon
- Selections from John James Audubon's The Birds of America (1826–1838) National Gallery of Art
- International celebration of Audubon through stamps
- Audubon's Birds of America, podcast from the Beinecke Library, Yale University