Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Object Number: 
1863.18.40
Date: 
1820
Medium: 
Pastel, black chalk, watercolor, graphite, black ink, and gouache with touches of scratching out on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 25 1/2 x 38 5/16 in. (64.8 x 97.3 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at middle left vertically in graphite: "No 9. Plate 41 -- / White headed Eagle -- Male -- / Falco-Leucocephalus -- / ...[cut]"; at lower right in two parts in brown ink?, the first gone over in white lead pigment: "White Headed Eagle / Falco Leucocephalus."; "Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon / Little Prairie Mississipi November 24, 182[cut]"; next to tail feathers in graphite: "12"
Description: 
Male
Gallery Label: 
Audubon was dissatisfied with this composition and, while in London in 1828, copied the eagle and replaced the goose with a catfish from another earlier painting
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