Print. Felis Concolor, The Cougar, Plate XCVII from The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Elephant folio, 32.5 h x 38.5 w framed .
Just after Audubon began publication of his The Birds of America, octavo edition, he decided to publish a large folio of North American mammals. The collaborative effort involved Audubon's sons Victor G. and John Woodhouse, friend and avid naturalist The Rev. John Bachman, and lithographer John Bowen. As John James' health began to fail, John Woodhouse Audubon finished many of his father's images, while Victor Audubon painted most of the backgrounds. The result was an impressive imperial size folio of 150 plates, The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, published in 1848. Audubon and his family closely supervised all printings of his drawings.
John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) is best known for his Birds of America. Working with his two sons, he also spent considerable time documenting other animals. The first of his three-volume The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, published in 1845, contained this illustration. (Inventory #: 22962)