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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106
Title
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106
Date 
1829
Medium 
Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, collage, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 23 7/16 x 36 1/4 in. (59.5 x 92.1 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Description 
Two adult Black Vultures with the head of a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.106
Gallery Label 
Bird on left and deer's head painted in 1829; second bird added later; Audubon presented a scientific paper in 1826 regarding the vultures in which he asserted that the birds rely on sight rather than smell to locate food; his theory that vultures have an underdeveloped sense of smell met resistance at the time but was later confirmed through experiments
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group