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Blue Grosbeak (Guiraca caerulea), Havell plate no. 122

Object Number: 
1863.17.122
Date: 
1821; 1829
Medium: 
Watercolor, collage, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 29 5/16 x 20 9/16 in. (74.5 x 52.2 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1821
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Loxia caerulea -- / Blue Gros-beak -- / Male 1. F. 2. Young & Nest 3. --- / April 15. 1821 -- / New Orleans --"; at upper right: "No 19"; above in corner: "22"; birds numbered counterclockwise from upper center: "1"; "2"; "3"
Description: 
Adult male, above; adult female, center; immature male, below
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida); immature male painted 1829; other birds painted April 15, 1821
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