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Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Havell plate no. 280

Object Number: 
1863.17.280
Date: 
c. 1835
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 21 x 14 9/16 in. (53.3 x 37 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite[erased]: "50 -- 280"; at center: "Fork-tailed Tern. 1 Male adult Summer plumage 2 - Young Autumnal plumage"; birds numbered in black ink lower and upper respectively: "1."; "2."; erased and cut inscriptions along lower edge
Description: 
Winter plumage, above; breeding plumage, below
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