Looking at the Collection: John James Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

Currently on display at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

Virtual Tour of  the exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum.

Haws Gallery
October 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020



American artist John James Audubon achieved worldwide fame in the 1840s with his large scale folio of prints, The Birds of North America. Later in his career, he partnered with his son, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Dr. John Bachman of Charleston to document the region’s quadrupeds. Like his birds, Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America are still considered the finest prints of their kind published in America. He eventually produced 150 folio drawings, hand-colored and printed by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia.


This exhibition presents 18 original large-format Audubon prints from the Viviparous Quadrupeds series, donated to the Museum several years ago from an important private collection.