Opening Night at Audubon Greenwich

December 7th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

Saturday, December 1st marked the official opening of our new Oppenheimer Gallery at Audubon Greenwich.  Located in Audubon Greenwich’s recently renovated Kiernan Hall, the new Oppenheimer Gallery aims to bring 4 new shows a year with new natural history related themes, artwork, and events.  Visitors on December 1st were treated to an unprecedented exhibition comparing all renditions of Audubon’s artwork created between 1820 and 1861 including prints of Audubon’s original watercolors, the Havell engravings made from the watercolors, the Bien chromolithographs, as well as the smaller octavo editions.  A presentation by Joel Oppenheimer and Tom Baptist, Executive Director of Audubon Connecticut, illustrated the connection of all of Audubon’s artwork to the current incarnation of the Audubon Society, while gallery director, John Telling, made presentations from a bound book of Audubon’s 50 Best Watercolors.  

Please contact gallery director, John Telling at or Audubon Greenwich Events & Communications Manager, Jeff Cordulack at 203-869-5272 x239 if you have any interest in purchasing prints or if you would like to schedule a private viewing of the material.  All inquiries are received with pleasure.


The Norman R. Bobins Collection of British Maritime Prints

June 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Carefully assembled over a twenty-five-year period, the Norman R. Bobins Collection of British Maritime Prints depicts early nineteenth-century British naval supremacy in masterful engravings and lithographs created in London from 1799 to 1872. This extraordinary exhibition is a celebration of triumphant battle victories, proud advancements in maritime technology, dramatic yachting events, and other colorful aspects of nineteenth-century British Maritime life.

On Exhibition June 17th through July 30th


Download the PDF catalog here.

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Uncolored Audubon Havell Engraving Plate 351 “Great Cinereous Owl”

April 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Uncolored Havell Plate 351 "Great Cinereous Owl"

Uncolored Havell Plate 351 "Great Cinereous Owl"

We have newly acquired a very unusual Havell print. It is plate 351 “Great Cinereous Owl” in an uncolored state. Over the years we have encountered and conserved a number of uncolored Havell prints for collectors. This particular print bears the signatures of Maria and Florence Audubon on the verso; they dated their signatures 1920. Maria died in 1925. This clearly identifies this print as having descended directly through the Audubon family. I believe that Maria and Florence, John Woodhouse Audubon’s daughters, were the last family members to carry the Audubon name. This print is a remarkable example. It is untrimmed, showing the full deckled edge of the hand-made Whatman paper. It was never bound and is a very early impression, maybe the first, made from the copper plate. If anyone can lend an insight to further advance our knowledge about this print your input is welcome.

Audubon's Granddaughter's signatures on Verso

Audubon's Granddaughter's signatures on Verso

March is Newberry Library Month at JOI Chicago

February 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

As part of our year-long celebration of Chicago’s great cultural

institutions, during the month of March a percentage of sales from Joel Oppenheimer Gallery will be donated to the Newberry Library. Founded in 1887 as an independent research library, the Newberry Library is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially the humanities. Housing an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material, the Library is free and open to the public. Joel Oppenheimer, Inc. is proud to introduce The Oppenheimer Newberry Library Edition of Karl Bodmer’s Illustrations to Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied’s Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34 which will be on exhibit at the Chicago gallery.

From 1832 to 1834, Karl Bodmer (1809 – 1893), a talented young Swiss artist, journeyed with Prince Maximilian, a German scientist, on an expedition to record the daily life of America Indians and the landscape of the western frontier in preparation for publication of Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34. Covering the territory between Boston and present-day central Montana, Maximilian collected specimens and documented his scientific observations of the flora and fauna and the tribal life they met in their travels and Bodmer visually recorded their findings in beautifully detailed watercolor paintings. Their nearly ten year collaboration continued when they returned to Europe in 1834. Maximilian completed writing the text from his copious notes in Germany while Bodmer focused on the subtleties of printing 81 hand-colored aquatint engravings for their lavish folio in Paris. The Oppenheimer Newberry Library Edition of Karl Bodmer’s Illustrations to Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied’s Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-34 features the complete work: 81 prints comprised of 48 folio-sized prints and 33 vignettes from the Newberry Library’s rare folio. The edition is strictly limited to 200 sets.

March 1- March 31 at Joel Oppenheimer, Inc., 410 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Audubon Watercolor Edition Exhibited at Nevada Museum of Art

February 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

The Nevada Museum of Art has acquired a complete set of the New-York Historical Society Edition of Audubon’s Fifty Best Watercolors

Audubon Watercolor Plate 211 - Great Blue Heron

Plate 211, Great Blue Heron, Audubon's Fifty Best Watercolors•, New-York Historical Society Edition

for their permanent collection. This work was recently on view at the Museum in an exhibition entitled “Explorer, Naturalist, Artist: John James Audubon and The Birds of America”  This exhibition featured 50 of Audubon’s most dramatic life-sized watercolor depictions from the New-York Historical Society Edition published by Oppenheimer Editions, first-edition printing.

The oldest cultural institution in the state of Nevada, the Museum was originally founded in 1931 and is the only accredited museum in the state. The Nevada Museum of Art features works from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries with a primary focus on art and the environment. Housed within one of northern Nevada’s most architecturally noteworthy buildings, the Museum offers a broad range of art exhibitions to the public.