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Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Havell plate no. 323; two sketches of a bill

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Havell plate no. 323; two sketches of a bill
Title
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Havell plate no. 323; two sketches of a bill
Date 
1821
Medium 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and gouache with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 19 3/8 x 23 9/16 in. (49.2 x 59.8 cm) Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Description 
Adult plumage
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.323
Inscriptions 
Inscribed vertically at lower left in graphite next to left sketch: "from[sic] view of the upper Mandible / from above"; to right, vertically next to right sketch: "front view of Lower Mandible latter / from above with the tongue"; above right sketch: "A. Tongue"; interior of right sketch: "A."; at upper right[erased]: "65"; erased inscriptions at upper left
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group