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JEAN BAPTISTE AUDEBERT (1759-1800)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 896 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEAN BAPTISTE AUDEBERT (1759-1800), French artist and naturalist, was born at Rochefort in 1759. He studied painting and drawing at Paris, and gained considerable reputation as a miniature-painter. Employed in preparing plates for the Histoire des coleopteres of G. A. Olivier (1756-1814), he acquired a taste for natural history. In "Soo appeared his first original work,L'Histoire naturelle des singes, des makis et des galeopitheques, illustrated by sixty-two folio plates, drawn and engraved by himself. The colouring in these plates was unusually beautiful, and was applied by a method devised by himself. Audebert died in Paris in 1800, leaving complete materials for another great work, Histoire des colibris, des oiseaux-mouches, desjacamars et des promerops, which was published in 1802. Two hundred copies were printed in folio, one hundred in large quarto, and fifteen were printed with the whole text in letters of gold. Another work, left unfinished, was also published after the author's death, L'Histoire des grimpereaux et des oiseaux de paradis. The last two works also appeared together in two volumes, Oiseaux dores ou d reflets metalliques (1802).
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