Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Havell plate no. 309

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Havell plate no. 309
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Havell plate no. 309
Title
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Havell plate no. 309
Date 
ca. 1834
Medium 
Watercolor, graphite, and black ink with touches of gouache on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 21 5/8 x 14 11/16 in. (54.9 x 37.3 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Description 
Summer plumage
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.309
Marks 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?]
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Common Tern - / Sterna Hyrundo."
Gallery Label 
Another version in N-YHS collections is a preliminary sketch (1821) with less detail in plumage and slightly more vertical plunge of tern (1863.18.33)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group