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Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head
Title
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head
Date 
1822; 1836
Medium 
Watercolor, black ink, graphite, pastel, and collage with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 37 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (94.6 x 61.6 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Description 
Male, above; female, below; minute sketch at lower right of center shows a tiny bird in the background with its body submerged and just the neck and head raised above the water in the manner typical of this bird when fishing and diving.
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.316
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at upper left in graphite[erased]: "…light…!"; at lower left in gray ink: "Length 35 Inches -- / Alar extent 47, Do. / Weight 2 lb 15, ozes. / Creole Name "Bec à Lancette." / Plotus melanogaster. Male Bird. -- / New Orleans 1822. -- / Redrawn 1836."; at upper right: "Cat 233 --"
Gallery Label 
Earlier version, done in 1822 in N-YHS collections (1863.18.34); Havell engraving also includes a water scene added to the background
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group