Robert Havell, Jr. (1793 - 1878)
Robert Havell, Jr. is an artist who will be forever associated with his creation of the plates for Audubon's "Birds of America". Though this work is widely-regarded as one of the finest examples of aquatint engraving and is the work with which Havell's name is nearly synonymous, he was also a talented painter of landscapes with a love for the American northeast.
Havell's landscapes are rendered in the style of the Hudson River School, being serene, pastoral scenes that emphasize the tranquil beauty of nature. Havell spent many years of his life in the Hudson River area, up until his death in Tarrytown, New York.
Havell was a Londoner who moved to the United States in 1839 after being invited by John James Audubon, with whom he had forged a friendship during their work together on Birds of America. Robert Havell, Jr., is the creator of all of the plates in the book, save for the first ten and their spectacular execution is often credited with contributing significantly to the book's success.
Havell spent much of his life travelling through, sketching and painting his beloved Hudson River Valley though he still continued on in his pursuit of aquatint engraving, as well.