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Audubon’s Aviary: Parts Unknown (Part II of The Complete Flock)

March 21, 2014 - May 26, 2014

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Havell plate no. 251

Is owned by NYHS: 
Yes
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Havell plate no. 251
Title
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Havell plate no. 251
Date 
1832
Medium 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, gouache, and black chalk with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions 
Paper: 37 5/8 x 26 3/16 in. (95.6 x 66.5 cm)Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Description 
Summer plumage
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
1863.17.251
Marks 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1831 [reversed]
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 51 -- 251"; at lower left of center in brown ink: "No 51."; at lower center: "BROWN PELICAN male, adult. / PELECANUS FUSCUS"; at lower right of center: "Pl 251."
Gallery Label 
The background flora has been identified as mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group