Peregrine Falcons (Duck Hawks)

Peregrine Falcons (Duck Hawks)

c. 1827

John James Audubon

(American, 1785–1851)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 74.9 x 101 x 10.2 cm (29 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 4 in.); Unframed: 64.5 x 91.5 cm (25 3/8 x 36 in.)

Gift of the American Foundation for the Maud E. and Warren H. Corning Botanical Collection 1964.351

Did you know?

Clocked at speeds more than 240 mph, peregrine falcons are the world's fastest animals.


Combining his interests in nature and art, Audubon sought to depict every species of native North American birds posed in action with elements of their habitats. His efforts resulted in the four-volume publication The Birds of America, which contains more than 435 hand-colored engravings after his watercolor renderings. Occasionally the artist, sometimes with the help of assistants, made oil versions of his watercolors, of which this image of two falcons feasting on fresh duck carcasses is an early and especially lively example.


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