Bos Americanus, American Bison or Buffalo, plate 56 from The Vivaporous Quadrupeds of North America, Volume 2

after John James Audubon, American, 1785 - 1851



Hand colored lithograph on wove paper

Image: 22 × 24 3/4 in. (55.9 × 62.9 cm)

Sheet: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund



John T. Bowen, Philadelphia


Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Printed, upper left: No. 12.; upper right: PLATE LVI.; lower left: Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S.F.L.S.; lower right: Lith.d Printed & Col.d by J.T. Bowen Philad.a 1845; lower center: BOS AMERICANUS, GMEL/AMERICAN BISON OR BUFFALO./1/7 Natural Size/MALE.

Exhibition History

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

Nineteenth Century American Prints, Carpenter Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 25-June 12, 1977.

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–April 11, 2022.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 153, no. 124.


Goodspeed's Book Shop, Boston, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 1954.

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