Scope and contents
Title: Documents Relating to John Woodhouse Audubon Drawings at the Southwest Museum
Identifier/Call Number: MS.625
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material:
0.1 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1906-1953
Collection consists of documents related to the 34 John Woodhouse pencil sketches donated to the Southwest Museum by Maria
R. Audubon through Eva Scott Fenyes, 1912 May 14. The materials date from 1906 to 1953. John Woodhouse Audubon (born 1812
in Henderson, Kentucky, died 1862) was an American painter and the son of renowned ornithologist and wildlife artist John
James Audubon. John Woodhouse devoted his entire career to continuing and supporting the work of his father. The sketches
were drawn during John Woodhouse Audubon's overland journey trip from New York to California, 1849-1850.
Alliot, Hector, 1862-1919
Audubon, Maria Rebecca, 1843-1925
Comstock, John A.
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956
Scope and contents
This collections consists of documents related to the 34 John Woodhouse pencil sketches donated to the Southwest Museum by
Maria Rebecca Audubon through Eva Scott Fenyes, 1912 May 14. Maria was the daughter of John Woodhouse Audubon.
Included is a letter from Maria R. Audubon to Hector Alliot, 1912 May 14; typed carbon copy letter from Frederick Webb Hodge,
Southwest Museum Director to John A. Comstock from the Los Angeles Museum, 1935 September 26; Works Progress Administration
"art object form", 1924 March 5; newspaper clipping from
The Dial, 1906 September 1; and one issue of the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners journal
The Branding Iron, 1953 September.
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Documents Relating to John Woodhouse Audubon Drawings,1906-1953, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.625.
The 34 pencil sketches held in the Southwest Museum were drawn during John Woodhouse Audubon's overland journey trip from
New York to California, 1849-1850. Audubon returned to New York in 1850. He left 200 other sketches of his western journey
in Sacramento with his closest friend John Stevens. Stevens and the sketches were lost at sea when returning to New York on
SS Central America.
John Woodhouse Audubon (born 1812 in Henderson, Kentucky, died 1862) was an American painter and the son of renowned ornithologist
and wildlife artist John James Audubon. John Woodhouse devoted his entire career to continuing and supporting the work of
his father. He assisted in the completion of original works and the execution and distribution of lithographs. After the completion
of the Double Elephant Bird Portfolio, John James and John Woodhouse embarked on a similar venture, The Quadrapeds of North
America, which set out to document America's mammalian inhabitants. By the late 1830s, John James Audubon showed signs of
mental illness and could no longer continue painting with much accuracy. John Woodhouse continued the series, eventually completing
at least half of the work.
Because of the difficulty of safely studying wild animals, both Audubons often sketched caged or dead animals, causing some
of their renderings to appear primitive and sinister. Artists also used explorers' written accounts of their wildlife experiences
and observations on the frontier to aid in the completion of the wildlife paintings. Although John Woodhouse Audubon's artistic
career has been overshadowed by his father's success, his contribution to early wildlife documentation is significant.
Audubon's work is recognized in many private collections and museums, including the National Gallery of Art, the National
Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Mill Grove Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, and
the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
National Museum of Wildlife Art (2011). John Woodhouse Audubon biography. Retrieved from http://www.wildlifeart.org/artists
Deposited by the Southwest Museum staff to the Library after 1953.
Biographical note created by Maritxu de Alaiza, 2012 September. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2012 October 18.
Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center
as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851
Audubon, John Woodhouse, 1812-1862 -- Pictorial works
Artists -- United States
Branding Iron (Journal)