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John T. Bowen Hand-Colored Lithograph "Florida Cormorant," 19th Century

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John T. Bowen (American, 1801 – 1856) after John James Audubon (American, 1785 – 1851)
Florida Cormorant
Hand-colored lithograph on paper
Pulled from Birds of America, Octavo edition, attributed from the 2nd edition, 1856
Attribution label to verso

John T. Bowen was a preeminent lithographer, publisher, and artist in Philadelphia in the mid-19th century. He was born in England in 1801 and eventually moved to Philadelphia where he took over the publication of McKenney and Hall’s History of the Indian Tribes. Bowen was especially praised during the 1830s and 1840s for his hand-colored lithography. Also at this time, he was printing for prominent artist John James Audubon’s Quadrupeds (1845-1848) and octavo edition of Birds of America (1839-1844) and published the Architect’s Magazine (1839). After 1844, Bowen primarily worked with Audubon and his sons on the reissuing of their natural history volumes. Bowen’s work can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Museum of Art, among others.


- minor toning and foxing to sheet; minor creasing to lower right; tears to edge from removal of binding; minor wear to matting.


15.0" W x 12.5" H x 0.25" D

- measures matting; sheet measures 10.25" W x 6.75" H; image measures 6.5" W x 5.75" H.

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