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John Woodhouse Audubon



John Woodhouse Audubon was born on November 30th, 1812, in Henderson, Kentucky. Young Audubon joined his father, John James Audubon, on scientific expeditions, which likely encouraged his interest in naturalist art. The specimens collected during his travels filled the pages of his early sketchbooks. From 1834 to 1836, John Woodhouse Audubon stayed with family in England as he and his brother, Victor Gifford, began their formal art education. While in England, John Woodhouse Audubon made portraits and copied works by Sir Henry Raeburn and Bartolome Esteban Murillo. In 1839, John Woodhouse Audubon settled in New York and helped his father produce a book called The Birds of America. He helped create 250 illustrations within the book. Throughout his career, John Woodhouse Audubon traveled to Texas, Florida, and England to collect specimens for projects. He exhibited his works at the American Art Union, National Academy of Design in New York City, and the Apollo Association at Apollo, Pennsylvania. He died in February of 1862. He left behind nine children.

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