TD and the Toronto Public Library Foundation are pleased to present John J. Audubon’s Birds of America at the TD Gallery, a spectacular exhibition of life-sized birds from the TD Audubon Collection.
In the 1820s, American naturalist John James Audubon set out to paint all of the birds in North America, creating one of the most important, and beautiful, books on natural history ever published.
The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see a sampling of images from the double-elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America – one of only five copies in Canada. The folio owes its enormous size to the fact that Audubon insisted every bird be illustrated life-size.
Original hand-painted engravings are grouped by habitat and displayed with quotations from Audubon’s field notes to highlight the artist’s ground-breaking approach of depicting birds in life-like poses in their natural habitat.