Long Billed Curlews By James Audubon | History Of SC Slide Collection

The artist James Audubon (see John James Audubon) first came to Charleston in late October of 1831, and was so welcomed by its citizens, particularly the Reverend John Bachman (see John Bachman) that he returned in 1832, 1833-1834, and 1836-1837 for further drawing expeditions. One of his first drawings there was of these two large "Long-billed Curlews," in which the city of Charleston as it appeared in the 1830s serves as a background for the birds.

Courtesy of the Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina.