Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), Havell plate no. 341

Object Number: 
1863.17.341
Date: 
c. 1834-36
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and black chalk with scratching out and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 24 3/16 x 36 5/8 in. (61.4 x 93 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 69. Plate 341."; at lower center: "Great Auk. Alca impennis, Linn."; at middle left in graphite: an arrow instructing the engraver to move the left bird further left in the print
Gallery Label: 
Audubon painted this auk from a specimen, only about 10 years before it became extinct; he never actually saw it in nature, but heard one described by Henry Havell, the brother of his engraver, who saw it on a trip from New York to England
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