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

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Havell plate no. 280
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger), Havell plate no. 280
c. 1835
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
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group