Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens), Study for Havell pl. no. 137
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 5/16 x 21 1/16 in. (74.5 x 53.5 cm)Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Males above; female on nest
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Yellow-breasted Chat males 220.127.116.11. F.e 5. / Icteria viridis.--- Plant Vulgo- Sweet Briar. / From Nature by John J. Audubon F.L.S. / June 7th Jersey"; below, in graphite[erased]: "...Rosa rubiginosa..."; to right of upper bird: "Not be / engraved"; four male birds each numbered: "1"; female on nest numbered: "2"
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