Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), Havell plate no. 246

Object Number: 
1863.17.246
Date: 
1833
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, gouache, and black chalk with scraping on paper
Dimensions: 
Paper: 25 7/16 x 38 3/8 in. (64.6 x 97.5 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 183[?]
Inscriptions: 
Verso inscribed at upper right in graphite: "No 50-- 240--[cut]"; at lower center in brown ink: "Male. Length from point of bill to end of tail 2 feet 1 Inch. / Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Claws 2. " -- 3 / 2 " -- / Alar Extent.--- / Weight in Winter. 5 pounds 5 1/2 ounces.- / Do. " -- " Breeding time. 4.--- 8 1/2 " / Female.- / as above Do.-- Do. --Do. --Do. Do.-- 2 feet.- / to end of claws. -----2. " 3. Inches- / Alar extent.--- 3 -- " 3. " / Weight in Winter.-- 4 pounds 4 1/2 ounces.-- / in breeding time.--- 3-" - 12. --"-- / 16. Tail feathers.--"
Description: 
Two males, front; female, behind
Gallery Label: 
Audubon's son, John Woodhouse and others killed six Eiders on the island of grand Manan, off the Bay of Fundy
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