July 31, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Save the Date for TPP Annual Dinner -

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dennis B. Williams Rare and Antique Bird Prints

Although John James Audubon is America’s most famous bird illustrator, Alexander Wilson is acknowledged to be the father of American ornithology as he published the first volume of his “American Ornithology” in 1808.

Inquire dbw43@comcast.net for pricing on this Whooping Crane print by Alexander Wilson; available framed or unframed.

Wilson met Audubon in a fateful chance meeting in March of 1810 at the Indian Queen Tavern in Louisville, Kentucky. Wilson had bought a small rowboat in Pittsburg, painted “The Ornithologist”  on the side of the boat and was headed  down the Ohio River to New Orleans drawing birds and selling subscriptions of his works when he met Audubon, who was at that time, a prosperous merchant and landowner with little thought of painting birds.

Wilson showed Audubon Volumes 1 & 2 of his completed bird illustrations, hoping for a sale, but Audubon, though impressed, did not buy a subscription.

Wilson was not happy that no one in Louisville bought a subscription and wrote to a friend saying about Louisville  that “Literature and Science did not have a single friend friend in the place!”

Audubon was impressed enough to decide to begin painting birds, to adopt Wilson’s business plan and to leave his wife and family to begin a new career.

It is fair to say that without Alexander Wilson there might not have been the famous John James Audubon, the artist the world loves to this today.

Alexander Wilson published the first book in America of our birds with beautiful hand-colored lithographs. Dennis B. Williams Rare and Antique Bird Prints is liquidating the last of its collection. Information on available prints is available via email dbw43@comcast.net.


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