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Adopted Artworks

On this page you will find artworks that have been adopted.  People who have Adopted-an-Artwork will be recognized with a plaque hung under the adopted piece when on display in the Museum gallery and receive a color photo of the adopted artwork.  Please know that you don’t have to adopt an artwork on your own. You and your friends, family, company or other interested parties may jointly adopt an artwork.

Pink & Yellow Flowers

ca. 1870
by John Bachman

John Bachman resided in Charleston, South Carolina. He was a naturalist, pastor, and one of Audubon’s very best friends. Bachman assisted Audubon and Audubon’s son, John Woodhouse, on The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America publication, a project to document all mammals in the United States. Unfortunately, the canvas on this little painting is in poor condition. The paint layers exhibit hairline age and stress cracks throughout. Water damage in the lower left has caused the canvas to shrink and the paint to buckle. The fragility of the canvas and the active insecurity of the paint require that the structure of the painting be reconsolidated. The conservator would reline the painting using an appropriate adhesive and remounted onto the present stretcher. Paint losses would be filled and inpainted, and the surface will receive a protective varnish.

Adopted by Wilma Potter in memory of her husband, Perry D. Potter.

Pine Creeping Warbler

about 1832
by Joseph Kidd

Joseph Kidd was a young, upstart Scottish artist hired by Audubon to reproduce all of his watercolor paintings in oil. Kidd replicated 100 Audubon images to raise money for Audubon’s Birds of America project.

Adopted by Carol Gatlin

Victor Gifford Audubon

about 1823
by John James Audubon

Adopted by Fred and Janet Wallace

John Woodhouse Audubon

about 1823
by John James Audubon

Adopted by Fred and Janet Wallace

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

about 1820
by John James Audubon

Adopted by Joan Williams

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

1828
After John James Audubon

Adopted by Ruth Hazelwood, Hazex Construction Company, Joan Hoffman, Judy Jenkins, Shelley C. Latta, Paula Middleton, Susan Mueller, Barbara Napier, Perry and Wilma Potter, Bill Stevens, and Gene Warren.

Roscoe’s Yellow-throat

about 1832
By Joseph Kidd

Adopted by Carol Gatlin

Cedar Waxwing

about 1832
By Joseph Kidd

Adopted by Carol Gatlin

Yellow Warbler

about 1832
By Joseph Kidd

Adopted by Perry and Wilma Potter