New-York Historical Society | Feathers: Fashion and the Fight for Wildlife

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Unidentified maker
Accessory set, including muff and tippet, 1880–99
United States
Herring Gulls, feathers, silk
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, 2009.300.2050a-c

Unidentified maker
Red-Legged Honeycreeper hummingbird earrings, ca. 1865
Probably London, England
Preserved bird, gold, metal
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alfred Z. Solomon and Janet A. Sloane Endowment Fund, 2013, 2013.143a, b

R. H. White & Co. (1853−1957)
Evening dress with swans’ down accents, 1885
Boston, Massachusetts
Silk satin, swans’ down, feathers
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009.300.1803a, b

Mme. Fauchère, New York (dates unknown)
Trade card, Mme Fauchère, Manufacturer of Ostrich & Fancy Feathers, ca. 1894
New-York Historical Society Library, Bella C. Landauer Collection

J. H. Johnston & Co. (1844–ca. 1910)
Aigrette hair ornament (from a Snowy or Great Egret), 1894
New York City
Egret feathers, gold, gold wire, diamonds
Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Mrs. Mary S. Griffin, 1961

Jos. W. Stern & Co., New York  (1894–1919)
Arthur J. Lamb (1870­1928) and Alfred Solman (1868­–1937)
Sheet music, The Bird on Nellie’s Hat, 1906
Lithograph on paper
New-York Historical Society Library, Bella C. Landauer Collection

Unidentified French or Swiss artist
Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) skin, ca. 1550
Watercolor, black ink, and gouache, with touches of white lead pigment on ivory paper, laid on paper, formerly laid on an album page
Gift of Nathaniel H. Bishop, 1889.10.2.55

Folding brisé fan of swirling down feathers, ca. 1910
Mother-of-pearl, feathers
Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Mrs. Robert Blake, 1986, 86.101.16

George Bird Grinnell (1849–1938)
From Nathaniel Pitt Langford,
Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the year 1870, n.p.
St. Paul, MN: Yellowstone National Park, 1905
New-York Historical Society Library

Florence Merriam Bailey (1863–1948)
From The Condor: A Magazine of Western Ornithology, volume 6, number 5 (1904), page 137 Courtesy American Museum of Natural History, Special Collections

Unknown woman wearing an Audubonnet
From Bird-Lore, volume 15 (1913), page 400 
Courtesy American Museum of Natural History, Special Collections

John James Audubon (1785–1851) with George Lehman (ca. 1800–1870)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Study for Havell pl. 291, 1831
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache, white lead pigment, and glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.291

John James Audubon (1785–1851)
Great Egret (Ardea alba), 1821
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, white lead pigment, black ink, and black chalk with  selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.18.30

John James Audubon (1785–1851)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), Study for Havell pl. 47, ca. 1825
Watercolor, gold- and copper-colored metallic pigments, gouache, red lead pigment, graphite, and black ink with touches of pastel and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.47

John James Audubon (1785–1851) with Maria Martin (1796–1863)
Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), Study for Havell pl. 379, 1836–37
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, and gouache with touches of pastel and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.379

John James Audubon (1785–1851)
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Study for Havell pl. 321, ca. 1831–32; 1836
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, and black ink with touches of glazing on paper, laid on Japanese paper
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.321

John James Audubon (1785–1851)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), Study for Havell pl. 411, 1838
Watercolor, graphite, oil, black ink, black chalk, and white gouache? with touches of pastel and glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for the New-York Historical Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon, 1863.17.411

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