Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Cody, WY




John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America


A special exhibition entitled "John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America" continues through September 24, 2000 at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

In 1843 John James Audubon made his only trip to the Far West, traveling up the Missouri River in search of mammals to include in his publication, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center's Whitney Gallery of Western Art Curator Sarah Boehme explained, "This interdisciplinary exhibition will trace his journey and will present original watercolors, oils and the resulting hand-colored lithographs which Audubon and his sons published in their magnificent three-volume study of American animals." (left: Say's Squirril, plate LXXXIX, lithograph, RB. QL. 715.A913)

The exhibition follows Audubon's path with simulations of his New York studio, the docks of St. Louis, the trading post of Fort Union where he stayed, and a printer's studio. Interactive video stations will provide information on his time at Fort Union, located at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers in what is now North Dakota, as well as on the lithographs and the printing process.

The special exhibition "John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition: Mammals of North America" is being made possible by a grant from the Shell Oil Company Foundation. The exhibition will travel to Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston.

Our readers may also enjoy these earlier articles on Audobon:

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