Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Title
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
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)
Description 
Male
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.18.40
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"
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group