Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator), Havell plate no. 406

Object Number: 
1863.17.406
Date: 
c.1836-37
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, oil, black ink, pastel, and black chalk with scratching out, scraping, and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 23 1/16 x 37 13/16 in. (58.6 x 96 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Description: 
Adult
Gallery Label: 
Swans were prized and slaughtered for their feathers, for use as quill pens and powder puffs and other ornamental and pratical uses; Almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century, conservation measures in the Northwest helped restore the population; Trumpter swan now rarely seen on the Missouri river where Audubon observed one in 1843
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