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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Object Number: 
1863.18.23
Date: 
1820
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache and scratching out on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 28 7/16 x 18 15/16 in. (72.2 x 48.1 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed to right of lower center in brown ink: "Black Vulture or Carrion Crow / Vultur Atratus / drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / Mathews' Bend, Mississipi Decr 21. 1820"; at lower right: "Total length 2. 3/12 feet / Bill to tail -- 2. 1/12 -- " / Breadth --- 5 --- " / Weight -- 5 lb"[probably Matthew's Bend, Chicot County, Arkansas]
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as
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