Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus), Havell plate no. 82; sketch of a foot

Object Number: 
1863.17.82
Date: 
c. 1827-30
Medium: 
Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, gouache, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 28 7/8 x 21 9/16 in. (73.3 x 54.8 cm) Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 182[7?] [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 17. Plate 82. / Drawn from Nature & Puplished / by / John. J. Audubon F.R.S. F.LS. & c"; at lower leftt of center: "Caprimulgus vociferus / Whip-poor-will. Male 1. F. 2. 3 / quercus tinctoria / Vulgo Black Oak."; various inscriptions counterclockwise from lower right: "foot"[next to sketch]; "Male"; "Saturnia Cecropia"; "Male / Rosabisa[?] Io"; birds numbered clockwise from top: "1."; "2"; "3."
Description: 
Males, above; females, below pursuing a Cecropia Moth (Hylophora cecropia) of the family Saturnia; and a Io moth (Automeris io).
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Red Oak (Quercus borealis) or Black Oak (Quercus velutina)
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