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Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and oil with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 28 9/16 x 20 7/16 in. (72.5 x 51.9 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Male in front; female, behind
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Length 2 11/12 - / Breadth - 3 11/12-- / Tail feathers 12 - / Weight -- 2 15/16--"; below in brown ink: "Length 2 11/12 feet / Breadth 3 11/12 / 12 Tail feathers / Weight -- 2 15/16 lb"; at lower center: "Black Bellied Darter or Snake Bird / Plotus Melanogaster / Bec a Lancette Common name"; below in graphite: "63[cut]"; along branch at lower right in brown ink: "Drawn by John J. Audubon from Nature / New Orleans 1822"; at middle right in graphite: "Bec à Lancette / Louisianna -"
Gallery Label 
The background flora has been identified as
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group