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

Object Number: 
1966.42
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)
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."
Description: 
(Havell plate #426)
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Gratia Rinehart Waters
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group