Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Havell plate no. 280
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 x 14 9/16 in. (53.3 x 37 cm)
Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Winter plumage, above; breeding plumage, below
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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
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