Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens), Havell plate no. 137

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 5/16 x 21 1/16 in. (74.5 x 53.5 cm) Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Yellow-breasted Chat males F.e 5. / Icteria viridis.--- Plant Vulgo- Sweet Briar. / From Nature by John J. Audubon F.L.S. / June 7th Jersey"; below, in graphite[erased]: "...Rosa rubiginosa..."; to right of upper bird: "Not be / engraved"; four male birds each numbered: "1"; female on nest numbered: "2"


Males above; female on nest

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The background flora has been identified as Rose (possibly Rosa virginiana) or Sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa)

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Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon; Adopt-an-Audubon Bird sponsor: Valerie Thaler and Robert F. Petrie
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group