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Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), Havell plate no. 72

Object Number: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 20 3/4 x 29 in. (52.7 x 73.7 cm) Mat: 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Watermark: WHATMAN
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 15. Plate 72. --- / Published 1829."; at lower center: "Swallow-tailed. Hawk. male -- Feml the Same. -- / Falco F[crossed out] furcatus / Snake [over crossed out "reptile"] vulgo --- Garter Snake. ---"; erased inscriptions in lower register
Adult carrying a Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis).
Gallery Label: 
First drawing that was engraved in London by Robert Havell, Jr.
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