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

Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major); sketch of an insect
Title
Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major); sketch of an insect
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)
Description 
Female, above; male, below
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.18.32
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"
Gallery Label 
The background flora has been identified as Live oak (Quercus virginiana) and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group