Robert Havell, Jr

British/American , 1793 - 1878

Robert Havell was born in Reading, England in 1793. He earned a distinguished reputation for his aquatint engraving of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America”.

Havell made his first visit to Audubon in New York City in 1839, traveling and sketching the countryside in a homemade horse-drawn trailer. His wife, having grown weary of traveling, established a home for the family in Ossining on the Hudson River. Havell later moved to Tarrytown where he lived from 1857 until his death in 1878.

During his frequent travels, Havell took notes and sketched subjects to use later when producing studio land-townscapes in oil and watercolor, as well as engravings, which was his favorite medium.
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