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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Havell plate no. 11

Object Number: 
1863.17.11
Date: 
1822
Medium: 
Watercolor, collage, black ink, graphite, pastel, and white lead pigment with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 38 3/8 x 23 11/16 in. (97.5 x 60.2 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Marks: 
Mount watermark: JWHATMAN [1830s]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left on a diagonal in three parts in black ink: "SEA EAGLE / FALCO Ossifragus"; "Drawn from Nature / by / John. J. Audubon / New Orleans 1822."; "Male. / Total Length 3 feet 6 1/2 /12 / Breadth -- 10 " -- 1/12 / Weight -- 14lb[#?] 12/16."
Description: 
Immature male. Audubon originally thought this bird was an adult of an eagle species distinct from the Bald Eagle and named it in honor of George Washington.
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