Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major); sketch of an insect

Object Number: 
1863.18.32
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 22 7/16 x 17 3/8 in. (57 x 44.1 cm) Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink[over erased graphite]: "Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / Bonné Caré's church Jan.y. 4th 1821."; at lower center: "Boat tailed Grakles. / Gracula Barita"; at lower right in graphite: "No 27"
Description: 
Female, above; male, below
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Live oak (Quercus virginiana) and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
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