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Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) and Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), Havell plate no. 354

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) and Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), Havell plate no. 354
Title
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) and Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), Havell plate no. 354
Date 
1836-1837
Medium 
Watercolor, graphite, and gouache with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 21 5/8 x 13 13/16 in. (54.9 x 35.1 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Description 
Male Western Tanager, upper right and upper left; male Scarlet Tanager, center; female Scarlet Tanager, below
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.354
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink[below margin line ruled in graphite]: "1. 2. Louisana Tanager / Tanagra ludoviciana, Wils. / 1 & 2. Males Spring plumage. / No 71."; at lower center: "J.J.A"; at lower right of center: "Scarlet Tanager. Tanagra rubra, L. / 3 old Male Spring plumage / 4 old Female Do Do. -- " -- / Plate 354. -- / Plant / Laurus carolinens[cut]"; at middle right in graphite[cut]: "Mr Havell will... / please attend... / the Jaggings of... / Bills -- "; birds numbered in brown ink clockwise from upper left: "1"; "2"; "3"; "4"; vertical line in graphite indicates right margin for placement on copper plate
Gallery Label 
The background flora has been identified asRedbay or Laurel tree (Persea borbonia) painted by Maria Martin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group