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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"American Goldfinch" (1824)

"Whenever a thistle was to be seen along either bank of the New York Canal, it was ornamented with one or more Goldfinches," wrote Audubon on his trip up the Hudson River. Notable in this watercolor are not just the birds, but the extremely detailed rendering of the thistles themselves.