Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala), Havell plate no. 172

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 20 5/8 x 27 3/16 in. (52.4 x 69.1 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830
Inscribed at upper right in brown ink: "The flesh resemble that of our little Partridge / so very much in taste that one would Suppose it / to be the same if unknown -- the nest of thi[cut] / Species is rough and not much like that of the / Genus generally Speaking-"; below in graphite: "72"; birds numbered from right to left: "1"; "2"; "2"
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The background flora has been identified as Wild poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla) on the right
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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