Audubon's Aviary: Part I of The Complete Flock

By James Tarmy - 2013-03-07T23:44:34Z

Photograph by New York Historical Society via Bloomberg

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"Northern Mockingbird" (1825)

This work, depicting a rattlesnake attacking a nest of Mockingbirds, was the cause of controversy and derision. Critics, deemed by Audubon "armchair naturalists," noted that rattlesnakes neither climb trees nor have fangs that curve outward at their tips.