Important Snowy Owl and Heron Flying South to Charleston

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • February 05, 2015

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after John James Audubon (1785-1851), Great White Heron, hand-colored engraving, 26 1/8 by 39 1/8 inches, ($30/50,000)
Copley Fine Art Auctions,
after John James Audubon (1785-1851), Snowy Owl, hand-colored engraving, 38 ¾ by 25 ⅞ inches, ($60/90,000)
Copley Fine Art Auctions,

Coinciding with the notable increase in sightings of the Snowy Owl across the Northeast, the Great Lakes, and down the Atlantic Coast, Copley Fine Art Auctions ( is pleased to highlight an exceptional offering of original John James Audubon double elephant folio prints, including the Snowy Owl.

A vestige of the original founding of the Audubon Society will be on view in the form of Audubon’s Great White Heron. Public outcry over the shooting of these birds for the millinery trade led to the founding of the important conservation organization.

The Great White Heron print includes a view of Key West in the background, which was an important stop during Audubon’s bird expeditions. The eighteenth-century artist and explorer presented live specimens to his Charleston friend John Bachman, which eventually joined the noted ornithological collection of the Museum of Charleston.

These prints will go on display in Charleston, South Carolina on February 11 and 12 at the American Theater at 446 King Street. Copley’s Winter Sale coincides with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, and the proceeds of many of the Audubon prints will go directly to benefit and support an independent Audubon Society.

In total, fifteen Audubon prints will be on display to the public and available for sale. These include the Baltimore Oriole, Greater Esquimaux Curlew, Canada Jay, Turkey Buzzard, Hooded Merganser, and Little Screech Owl.


Copley’s Winter Sale 2015 will take place at the American Theater in Charleston, SC, with a preview on Wednesday, February 11th from 5-7 PM and Thursday, February 12th from 8 to 10 AM, with bidding to commence at 10 AM. For more information, a full schedule of events, or to order a catalog please send an email to, call 617.536.0030, or visit

Leah Tharpe
Copley Fine Art Auctions

Copley Fine Art Auctions
214 Lincoln Street #104
Allston, Massachusetts
About Copley Fine Art Auctions

Copley Fine Art Auctions is the world's leading American sporting art auction company. Located in Boston, Copley specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings.

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