Jean-Jacques Audubon in America

Like Lafayette before him, Jean-Jacques Audubon (1785-1851) is one of several French people who are less known in France but who enjoy immense popularity in the United States. The French ornithologist and naturalized U.S. citizen wrote the reference work The Birds of America, and spent the early 19th century exploring the American wilderness of Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, where he discovered, painted and recorded different American bird species. The French publishing house Dargaud has paid homage to him in a graphic novel.

His travels were truly adventurous exploits, during which he often risked his life. His talent as a painter coupled with his scientific rigor fascinated many. Writer Fabien Grolleau and illustrator Jérémie Royer have blended biographical and fictional elements to re [...]

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