Fuertes's work was distinguished not only by the minute detail of each illustration but by his ability to capture each species' way of acting and holding itself. Every bird he painted seemed to have its own unique and vital personality. As a child he had been influenced by John James Audubon's "The Birds of America." At the age of fourteen, he made his first painting of a bird, a male Red Crossbill. Visit the museum to view the gallery on the second floor of the historic house. (Not ADA accessible as the house is from 1762).