Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni), Havell plate no. 372

Object Number: 
1863.17.372
Date: 
1836-37
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with scratching out and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 30 3/16 x 24 13/16 in. (76.7 x 63 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1836
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Dark Water"; below in brown ink: "No 77 / Plate 381."; at lower left of center: "5 Horned Agama. / Tapayaxin of Hernandes."; at lower center: "1. Common Buzzard, Female. / Buteo vulgaris."; at lower right of center: "2 Slate-coloured Hawk Male / 3 Female / Falco velox, wils."; at lower right: "4 Marsh Hare, Female / Lepus palustris, Bachman."; specimens numbered clockwise starting with bird in graphite: "1"; "4 Female"; "5"; partially erased inscription under lizard: "...coloured..."
Description: 
Female with Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris). The lizard, probably a Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), was inserted into Havell plate no. 386, Great Egret.
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