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Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica), Havell plate no. 357

Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica), Havell plate no. 357
Black-billed Magpie (Pica pica), Havell plate no. 357
c. 1835-36
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink with scratching out and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 x 20 5/16 in. (73.7 x 51.6 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / TURKEY MILLS [reversed]
Inscribed at lower center in graphite[erased]: "Rise the lower bird 2. Inches."; at lower right: "Plate 357. No 72 -- / Male 1 / Female 2[cut]"; birds numbered upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
Gallery Label 
This bird has provided inspiration to great artists, such as the composer Gioacchino Rossini and the artist Claude Monet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group