Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), Study for Havell pl. no. 98
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 15/16 x 11 13/16 in. (48.1 x 30 cm)Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Male, above; female, below
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Inscribed under egg at left in graphite: "usually 5."; at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn by John J. Audubon / from Nature - Philadelphia May 17th, 1824"; at lower center in gray and brown ink: "Green-blue, or White Bellied Swallow Male 1. F. 2. / Hirundo Vividis[crossed out] bicolor"; at lower right: "No 20. / Plate 100."; upper and lower birds numbered respectively in brown ink: "1"; "2"
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