John James Audubon: North American Mammals

John James Audubon is most famous for his paintings of North American birds. However, he also painted many North American mammals. This gallery will contain a small collection of these paintings.

"Meles labradoria, Sabine, American Badger. Natural size" was painted by John James Audubon in 1844. It is currently in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This painting shows a full grown badger in a defensive stance. This painting was chosen because not many people have seen a badger, but most know what it is.
"Felis onca, Linn. The Jaguar. Female" was painted by John James Audubon in 1846. It is kept at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This painting was selected because, though the jaguar is native to North America, it is still considered exotic. While most of the other animals are considered common, the jaguar stands out in this collection.
"Spermophilus Tridecemlineatus (Two Leopoard Squirrels)" was painted in 1844 by John James Audubon. It is currently kept in the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas. This painting was selected because, while the squirrel is a common animal, this particular species is uncommon in this area and is one of the most beautiful species.
"Canis lupus, Linn, Var. rufus. Red Texan Wolf. Male." was painted in 1845 by John James Audubon. It is currently kept in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This picture is one of two pictures of carnivores not in a defensive posture. This piece was chosen because everyone is familiar with wolfs. Additionally, it is a very peaceful picture of a sometimes vicious animal.
"American Bison or Buffalo" was painted in 1845 by John James Audubon. It is kept in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This picture was chosen because the bison is a Native American icon, and is one of the animals most closely associated with North America. It is a very peaceful picture with a beautiful background.
"Dycoteles torquatus, F. Cuv. Collard Peccary. 4/7 Natural Size. Male." was painted in 1844 by John James Audubon. It currently is kept in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This picture was selected because, though everyone knows what a wild hog is, nobody likes them. This posture of the hog is particularly repulsive in my opinion.
"Lynx rufus. Guldenstaed. Common American Wild Cat. 3/4 Natural Size. Male." was painted in 1842 by John James Audubon. It is currently in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This painting was selected because of the beauty of the lynx; it is fascinating to see it in a defensive stance as it is here.
"Mephitis mesoleuca, Licht. Texan Skunk. Natural Size." was painted by John James Audubon in 1845. It is currently in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This painting was selected because, though I did not know the skunk was a carnivore, it shows the skunk eating some unidentified mammal. This rather grotesque detail provides a stark contrast to the peaceful meadow background.
"Vulpes velox, Say. Swift Fox. Natural Size. Male." was painted in 1844 by John James Audubon. It is currently in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. This painting was selected because the fox is howling; this is a very familiar pose to most people. It is also interesting that it shows him howling during the day, when most people associate howling with night.
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