Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) and Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius), Havell plate no. 369

Object Number: 
1863.17.369
Date: 
1836-37
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, black chalk, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm) Sheet (paper): 21 3/8 × 13 7/8 in. (54.3 × 35.2 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at left in brown ink[below lower register line in graphite]: "1 Mountain Mock-bird. Male. / Orpheus montanus, Townsend. --"; at lower center: "Plant Misletoe. / Viscum verticillatum."; at lower right of center: "2, 3. Varied Thrush. Male & female. -- / Turdus navius, Gm."; at lower right: "Plant / Viscum verticillatum. / Misletoe"; at upper right vertically in graphite[erased and cut]: "Parus borealis -- for P. atricapillus / our common black h... / Titmouse -- of the the Mid[west]... / & Northern Sta[tes]..."; birds numbered from upper to lower in brown ink: "1"; "2"; "3"
Description: 
Male Sage Thrasher, above; male Varied Thrush, center; female Varied thrush, below.
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum) and was later painted in SC by Maria Martin.
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