John James Audubon (1785-1851)
John James Audubon’s name has become synonymous with environmental conservation and natural history. Although he was not a trained naturalist, Audubon’s love of birds drove his art. He chose as his task to document all the birds and animals in America but did not discover any new species. The engravings of his watercolors of wildlife were “a landmark in nineteenth-century natural history” (H. W. Janson.) “Snowy Owl” is depicted.
— Watercolor Masters: John James Audubon © 2010 Greg Conley