Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Havell plate no. 401
Watercolor, pastel, black ink, graphite, black chalk, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, partially gridded in graphite[rubbed] to indicate to engraver placement of the bac
Paper: 25 1/8 x 37 3/8 in. (63.8 x 94.9 cm)
Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Female, left; male, right; this sheet has a notation to include a "New York waterfall", that was instead used in Havell plate no. 331, Common Merganser, which has a view of Cohoes Falls, New York, where Audubon was in the summer of 1824.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1831 [reversed]
Inscribed at lower right of center in graphite: "Red breasted Merganser -- Male 1. Female 2"; at middle right of center: "View of New York waterfall...here."; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
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