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Among the greatest treasures of the antebellum South Carolina College was its complete set of Audubon's huge double-elephant folio Birds of America (435 plates), published in parts between 1828 and 1838. The current exhibition traces the development of bird illustration, to give a context for viewing Audubon's achievement. The exhibition is arranged chronologically, starting with European bird illustrations of the sixteenth century and concluding with Audubon and other nineteenth century illustrators.


The exhibit, supported by the University of South Carolina's Bicentennial Commission, traces the development of bird illustration from the sixteenth century through the nineteenth century.