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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
Title
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)
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)
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.18.23
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
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group