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Graphic Arts

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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Original plates and several artworks.

Thanks to the generous donation of John S. Williams, the Princeton University Library holds a rifle once owned by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A recent inquiry about the marking on the gun led Gabriel Swift to photograph and document various elements of the rifle, which stands at 157 x 13.5 x 5.5 cm. Images can be found on the Graphic Arts Blog: Audubon's Rifle.  In addition, there is an entry on the rifle in the 1959 Howard Rice exhibition catalogue, found full-text here.  

Item no. 146 “This is presumably the gun shown in the portrait by John Woodhouse Audubon (previous item). It is a muzzle-loading percussion-cap shotgun, made by Conway, of Manchester, England. An engraved inscription on the barrel reads: John James Audubon, Citizen of the United States. F.L.S.L. [Fellow of the Linnean Society of London].