American Crow

American Crow

John James Audubon (American, 1785 – 1851)
1827 – 1838
From The Birds of America: from Original Drawings, London, published by the author, 1827 – 1838, plate 156
Medium or Technique
Hand-colored etching and aquatint
Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University
Accession Number
QL674.A9 1827 cases
Credit Line
Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries


John James Audubon’s American Crow (1833) is one among his 435 life-size prints of American birds depicted in his acclaimed Birds of America (1827 – 1838). The American Crow was created with meticulous attention to detail such that the crow is shown in all its beauty and glory. Represented by Audubon as a very expressive and animated bird, it is testament to Audubon’s ability to capture its personality and physiognomy in just a single image. The American Crow was drawn by Audubon and engraved and hand-colored by the printmaker Robert Havell.


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