Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla), Havell plate no. 139

Object Number: 
1863.17.139
Date: 
1829
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 18 3/16 x 11 7/16 in. (46.2 x 29.1 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / TURKEY MILLS / 1827
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "July 11th J.J.A"; at lower center: "Field Sparrow male / Fringilla pusilla. --"; at lower center in graphite[partially cut]: "Field Sparrow"; erased inscriptions throughout
Description: 
Male
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Grass pink (Calopogon tuberosus) and Blueberry (probably Vaccinium vacillans)
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