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

March 21, 2014 - May 26, 2014

Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Havell plate no. 206

Is owned by NYHS: 
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Havell plate no. 206
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Havell plate no. 206
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Havell plate no. 206
1821; c. 1825
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, collage, and black ink with touches of gouache, scraping, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 38 1/16 x 25 7/8 in. (96.7 x 65.7 cm)Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Males, left; females, right
Credit Line 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?] / TURKEY MILL
Inscribed at right of center in graphite: "The Circle around the / eye, and the upper Mandible / as in the Male above --"; birds numbered clockwise from upper center[written over]: "1"; "2[over 3]"; "2[over 4]"
Gallery Label 
The background flora has been identified as Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group