John James Audubon

John James Audubon

Les Cayes, Sud, Haiti
Death 27 Jan 1851 (aged 65)
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Plot East side of church
Memorial ID 6102721 · View Source
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Artist. Indelibly linked with the painting of birds, he was the son of a French sea captain and his Creole mistress. Educated in his father's native France, he had spent a disastrous year at a military school before studying art in Paris with preeminent painter Jacques-Louis David. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States, where he set out for the frontier. An excellent shot and horseman, Audubon could also dance with grace and perform parlor tricks, but his one obsession was painting birds. In the course of his travels, he co-owned a Kentucky sawmill with George Keats, brother of the famed English poet. This and various other business ventures ended in failure, however, for he subordinated everything to the pursuit of his art. His passion eventually rewarded him with fame and renown when "The Birds of North America" began publication in 1846. The celebrated artist-frontiersman later bought a tract of land along the Hudson River in upper Manhattan, and afterwards donated part of it for the cemetery in which he is now buried.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John James Audubon (26 Apr 1785–27 Jan 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6102721, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .