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

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), Havell plate no. 318
Title
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), Havell plate no. 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)
Description 
Foreground, male, winter plumage; left background, diminutive figures of four adults, three in summer plumage
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.318
Marks 
Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "64"; below diagonally: "4th Volume --"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group