California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), Havell plate no. 426

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), Havell plate no. 426
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), Havell plate no. 426
Title
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), Havell plate no. 426
Date 
1838
Medium 
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on Japanese paper
Dimensions 
Paper: 38 9/16 x 25 3/8 in. (97.9 x 64.5 cm), irregular Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Description 
(Havell plate #426)
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Gratia Rinehart Waters
Object Number 
1966.42
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 84. Plate 426. -- / John. J. Audubon / 1838"; at lower center: "Californian Vulture. / Cathartes californianus, Illiger. / Old male."
Gallery Label 
Watercolor of Californian condor was given to N-YHS in 1966 (1966.42). This plate represents Havell plate #426, the only original watercolor known to be extant, which was not purchased in original transactions with Mrs. Audubon in 1863.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group