Cuvier's Kinglet (Regulus cuvieri)?, Havell plate no. 55

Object Number: 
1863.17.55
Date: 
1812
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 14 11/16 x 10 9/16 in. (37.3 x 26.8 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1810 [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 11 Plate 55. / published 1829"; below in graphite: "June 8th 1812. Fatland ford / Pensyla / Drawn from Nature by / J.J.A"; at lower center in brown ink: "Cuvier's Wren Male / Regulus Cuvierii --[over erased] ...Ruby Wren..."; at lower right: "Plant / Kialmia Latifolia"; below in graphite: "Vulgarly called Laurel"; at middle right[erased]: "Regulus Carbunculus / Regulus Ca... / J.J.A / Kalmia Latifolia"
Description: 
Male. One of Audubon's mystery birds, not associated with any known species.
Gallery Label: 
The flora has been identified as Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia). This is the state flower of CT and PA.
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