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Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Havell plate no. 323; two sketches of a bill

Object Number: 
1863.17.323
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and gouache with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 19 3/8 x 23 9/16 in. (49.2 x 59.8 cm) Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed vertically at lower left in graphite next to left sketch: "from[sic] view of the upper Mandible / from above"; to right, vertically next to right sketch: "front view of Lower Mandible latter / from above with the tongue"; above right sketch: "A. Tongue"; interior of right sketch: "A."; at upper right[erased]: "65"; erased inscriptions at upper left
Description: 
Adult plumage
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