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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Havell plate no. 223

Title:
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Havell plate no. 223
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 14 7/16 x 22 5/8 in. (36.7 x 57.5 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Description: 
Adult male
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 
1863.17.223
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn by J.J.Audubon from Nature."; at lower center: "Pied Oyster Catcher. Male"
Gallery Label: 
Two ships in background not included in engraving. This picture may actually represent an Old World oystercatcher rather than the American bird.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group