Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), Havell plate no. 26

Object Number: 
c. 1825
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) Sheet: 29 3/4 × 21 1/4 in. (75.6 × 54 cm)
Watermark at upper left: JWHATMAN / 181[?] [reversed]
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 6 / Plate 26 ---"; at lower left of center: "Carolina Parrot. Males 1. F. 2. Young 3 / Psitacus carolinensis"; at lower right of center: "Plant Vulgo -- Cockle Burr."; at lower right: "The upper Specimen was shot near Bayou Sarah / and appeared So uncommon having 14 Tail feathers all very / distinct and firmly affixed in 14 diferent receptacles that I / drew it more to exhibit one of those astonishing fits of Nature / than any thing else -- it was a female -- / The Green headed is also a singular although not / uncomon a Variety as the above one -- -- / Louisianna -- December --- J.J. Audubon"; birds identified clockwise from lower center: "female"; "Male"; "Female"; "Female N[?] / 14 Tail feathers"; "Male"; "Male[crossed out]"; below: "Young --"; erased inscriptions thoughout
Lower center bird immature; others adults
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Cocklebur (Xanthium sturmarium).
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Mrs. John J. (Lucy Bakewell) Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group