Watercolor, graphite, gouache, black ink, and black chalk with selective glazing and scratching out on paper, laid on card
Paper: 20 5/8 x 13 13/16 in. (52.4 x 35.1 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Inscribed lower right in graphite[erased]: "Drawn from Nature"; vertically at upper center: "Plant for / Plate 379", with a graphite "X" drawn over the upper bird; at middle right in brown ink: "Asclepias tuberosa" [in Maria Martin's hand?] [flower not used for any elephant folio plate]
The background flora has been identified as
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