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

Object Number: 
ca. 1834
Watercolor, graphite, and black ink with touches of gouache on paper, laid on card
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)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?]
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Common Tern - / Sterna Hyrundo."
Summer plumage
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)
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