Royal Tern (Sterna maxima), Havell plate no. 273
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black chalk with touches of gouache and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 11/16 x 21 3/8 in. (37.3 x 54.3 cm)
Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Adult, summer plumage
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Inscribed at upper right in graphite: "No. 54[crossed out] -- 269[crossed out]"; at lower center: "Shelfish / X"[instruction to engraver for position of shellfish on copper plate]; at lower right: "55"
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