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Hare-Indian Dog [Pl. 132]
New York: J.J. Audubon, 1848. Lithograph, coloured by hand, by J. T. Bowen of Philadelphia. (Small chips to three corners). 21 1/16 x 27 1/4 inches. A fine image of the Hare Indian Dog, from the greatest illustrated natural history work to be produced in America during the nineteenth century. "This Dog resembles the Wolf more than the Fox. It is more domestic than many of the Wolf-like dogs of the plains. The Indians north of the Great Lakes use it in hunting, but not as a beast of burden or for draught." (Quadrupeds, II, p.58) This very fine plate is from the folio edition of John James Audubon's The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, produced entirely in the United States. The work was to be John James Audubon's last, and by 1846 he had to hand over the drawing of the final 50 or so plates to his sons, John Wodehouse and Victor Audubon. The final parts of this work of national importance were published after his death in 1851, but the images remain as a final fitting memorial to the greatest American wildlife artist who ever lived. The production of the Quadrupeds was begun by John James Audubon and his sons at about the same as the commercially-successful octavo edition of The Birds of America. Unlike the double-elephant folio, the Quadrupeds was produced entirely in the United States. William Reese notes that "By 1843 the Audubon family business was a well-oiled machine, involving John James, his two sons,... and various in-laws and friends. The octavo Birds was still in production when J.T. Bowen began to produce the plates for the elephant folio edition of the Quadrupeds, the largest successful color plate book project of 19th- century America. It took the family five years to publish 150 plates in thirty parts. The massive project was a commercial success, thanks to the close management of Victor. There were about three hundred subscribers." (Stamped with a National Character pp.58-59) Cf. Bennett, p. 5; cf. Reese Stamped With A National Character 36; cf. Sabin 2367; cf. Wood, p. 209
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