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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), Havell plate no. 318

Object Number: 
1863.17.318
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 13 13/16 x 21 5/16 in. (35.1 x 54.1 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "64"; below diagonally: "4th Volume --"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
Description: 
Foreground, male, winter plumage; left background, diminutive figures of four adults, three in summer plumage
Gallery Label: 
Havell placed a young avocet in its winter plumage halfway between the birds in the distance and the adult in the foreground; slug replaced by insect
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group