One plate had an intriguing explanation of a stain visible in the upper right hand corner of "Northern Mockingbird". Many stains apparently are found on JJA's works, and some confirm that he was indeed a tea drinker! I had to laugh at this as I know that Dan has sometimes come down while I'm at my drawing board and is appalled that my full cup of tea is perched precariously close by my work-in-progress! I hardly ever have spills and drinking tea such an intergral part of working, I don't consciously think about the possible dire consequences. One assumes, this is how Audubon worked, too. I felt a special kinship to the fellow bird artist when I read this.
Cheers! And here's the link to the exhibit:
|"Northern Mockingbird"- see the stain in the upper right corner?|
|Many on JJA's work have been identified as tea stains.|
|Yikes! Put your tea cup on a coaster!|