Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Havell plate no. 171

Object Number: 
1863.17.171
Date: 
1832
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 37 11/16 x 25 1/2 in. (95.7 x 64.8 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink over earlier graphite[by another hand?]: "Weight 1 lb 6/16 / Length from bill to Tail 16 Inches -- / Do --- Do Do claws -- 19 -- Do -- / Breadth -- 3 feet 6 Inches -- / 3d & 4th Primaries longest -- / New Jersey July 1832 / J.J.A"; birds numbered in graphite lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"
Gallery Label: 
The owls were given to Audubon by Dr. Richard Harlan of Philly; Havell added a night scene for the engraving
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group