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Audubon Ocelot Found in San Antonio Area in 1845

32.     AUDUBON, J[ohn] W[oodhouse]. Felis Pardalis, Linn. Ocelot, or Leopard-Cat. Male [at top] No. 18 | Plate LXXXVI. [below] Drawn from Nature by J.W. Audubon. | Lithd. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen, Philada., 1846. [Southart-Parkway, 1980s]. High-quality photo-offset lithograph, printed on 100% cotton rag hand-made and watermarked paper (embossed Southart-Parkway and with pencil note: “280/750”). Image: 45.6 x 62.5 cm; image and text: 49.5 x 62.5 cm; overall sheet size: 53.6 x 71.1 cm. Very fine and fresh. Matted, maple frame, and under Plexiglas.

     This facsimile reproduction by Southart-Parkway is among the finer life-size reproductions of twelve of Audubon’s quadrupeds. Steiner in his Audubon Art Prints: A Collector’s Guide to Every Edition (University of South Carolina Press, 2003, p. 160) comments: “They are extremely good reproductions. The halftone screen printing is extremely fine [and] most excellent in quality.” The original print will be included in Dr. Tyler’s forthcoming work on nineteenth-century lithographs of Texas. The ocelot was found by John Woodhouse Audubon in the San Antonio area. After Col. William S. Harney of the U.S. Army learned that Audubon wanted to paint an ocelot, he brought one to him in December of 1845. This magnificent feline was on the endangered list but was revised in 2008 as “least concern.”