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Graphic Arts
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Graphic Arts Librarian

Original plates and several artworks.

Thanks to the generous donation of John S. Williams, the Princeton University Library holds a rifle once owned by John James Audubon (1785-1851). A recent inquiry about the marking on the gun led Gabriel Swift to photograph and document various elements of the rifle, which stands at 157 x 13.5 x 5.5 cm. Images can be found on the Graphic Arts Blog: Audubon's Rifle.  In addition, there is an entry on the rifle in the 1959 Howard Rice exhibition catalogue, found full-text here.  

Item no. 146 “This is presumably the gun shown in the portrait by John Woodhouse Audubon (previous item). It is a muzzle-loading percussion-cap shotgun, made by Conway, of Manchester, England. An engraved inscription on the barrel reads: John James Audubon, Citizen of the United States. F.L.S.L. [Fellow of the Linnean Society of London].