Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Object Number: 
1863.18.15
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of gouache and black ink on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 18 1/8 x 22 7/8 in. (46 x 58.1 cm) Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at the left in graphite: "Nov 1821 / Weight 1 lb 2/16 -- / Length 20 inches -- / Breadth 2 1/2 feet -- / Tongue remarkable / Female / Stomach / nothing...gravel"; at right: "Nov 13 / Weight 1 lb 2/16 / Length 20 Inches / Tongue remarkable slender & bro[cut] / Female / nothing in the stomach gizzard full of g[cut]"; below in graphite[erased and painted over]: "Redbreasted Merganser / Mergus serrator"
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