Audubon’s Beasts

January 15, 2015August 16, 2015

Industrious field mice, frolicking squirrels, fierce otters, and fearsome wild cats are just some of the stars of this selection of hand-painted prints by famed scientist and artist John James Audubon (1785–1851). Although we know Audubon today primarily for his devotion to birds, he was more than a chronicler of flying creatures. This exhibition features some of his greatest depictions of North America’s four-legged animals in their natural habitats, from swamps to savannahs. Culled from the Amon Carter’s collection, Audubon’s delightful images of friendly and frightening quadrupeds are evidence not only of his artistic dedication but of the range of beasts with whom we share our land.