Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Havell plate no. 181
Artist/Maker:John James Audubon
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, black ink, and black chalk with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 38 1/8 x 25 1/2 in. (96.8 x 64.8 cm)Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?]
Inscribed at lower right of center in black ink: "Aquila Chrysaëtos Senr / Golden Eagle Female adult / JJA[cut]"
Colored engraving without man crossing the gorge in N-YHS collections; Audubon purchased a live specimen of this bird and observed it for several days; It took Audubon 14 days to complete this watercolor, more than any other except for the Wild tukey
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