Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), Havell plate no. 116

Object Number: 
1863.17.116
Date: 
1829
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 37 13/16 x 25 1/8 in. (96 x 63.8 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1827
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "[cut] . 24"; at lower right: "Quercus nigra / (vulgo) Black Jack Oak"; bird pairs numbered right and left respectively in graphite: "1" and "1"; "2" and "2"; at middle right: "Begin", with line extending down; various short horizontal and vertical lines for centering and defining the margins on the engraving plate.
Description: 
Two males above and two females below, with a Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta).
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as possibly Blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) or Scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
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