John James Audubon (Burroughs)/Chronology
May 4. John James La Forest Audubon was born at Mandeville, Louisiana.
(Paucity of dates and conflicting statements make it impossible to insert dates to show when the family moved to St. Domingo, and thence to France.)
Returned to America from France. Here followed life at Mill Grove Farm, near Philadelphia.
1805 or 6
Again in France for about two years. Studied under David, the artist. Then returned to America.
April 8. Married Lucy Bakewell, and journeyed to Louisville, Kentucky, to engage in business with one Rozier.
Dissolved partnership with Rozier.
Various business ventures in Louisville, Hendersonville, and St. Genevieve, Kentucky, again at Hendersonville, thence again to Louisville.
Abandoned business career.
Became taxidermist in Cincinnati.
Left Cincinnati. Began to form definite plans for the publication of his drawings. Returned to New Orleans.
Went to Natchez by steamer. Gunpowder ruined two hundred of his drawings on this trip. Obtained position of Drawing-master in the college at Washington, Mississippi. At the close of this year took his first lessons in oils.
Went to Philadelphia to get his drawings published. Thwarted. There met Sully, and Prince Canino.
Sailed for Europe to introduce his drawings.
Issued prospectus of his "Birds."
Went to Paris to canvass. Visited Cuvier.
Returned to the United States, scoured the woods for more material for his biographies.
Returned to London with his family.
Elephant folio, The Birds of North America, published.
American Ornithological Biography published in Edinburgh.
Again in America for nearly three years.
In Florida, South Carolina, and the Northern States, Labrador, and Canada.
Completion of second volume of "Birds," also second volume of American Ornithological Biography.
To New York again—more exploring; found books, papers and drawings had been destroyed by fire, the previous year.
Went to London.
Published fourth volume of American Ornithological Biography.
Published fifth volume of "Biography."
Left England for the last time.
Built house in New York on "Minnie's Land," now Audubon Park.
Yellowstone River Expedition.
Published the reduced edition of his "Bird Biographies."
Published first volume of "Quadrupeds."
Completed Quadrupeds and Biography of American Quadrupeds. (The last volume was not published till 1854, after his death.)
January 27. John James Audubon died in New York.