Lecture: Recovering Havell: A New Look at 'Birds of America' by Christoph Irmscher

May 12th 2015 @ 5:30pm
Lilly Library
1200 East Seventh Street
Lilly Library
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Mockingbird, from Audubon's Birds of America

While we are used to referring to the magnificent Birds of America (1827–1838) as Audubon’s work, it is really also that of his printer, Robert Havell, Jr.  His contribution to the finished product has been marginalized by generations of devoted Audubon admirers. This talk is a first attempt to recover Havell’s impact on individual plates (which ranged from supplying backgrounds to adding in entire specimens) as well as on the work as a whole. One underlying theme of these reflections will be the extent to which an Englishman who had never seen the United States shaped a work usually defined as quintessentially “American.”

Audubon scholar and IU Professor Christoph Irmscher will speak in the Lilly Library Slocum Room. A reception will follow his talk. 

A Rare Book School Lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Lilly Library.

Today's Hours

9:00am - 6:00pm All hours

Amenities

  • Building Access Front entrance facing Showalter Fountain is fully accessible. Building Access

Contact Info

1200 E Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-2452
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Joel Silver
Joel Silver - Director, Librarian
(812) 855-2452