Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106

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Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, collage, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 23 7/16 x 36 1/4 in. (59.5 x 92.1 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Two adult Black Vultures with the head of a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
Gallery Label: 
Bird on left and deer's head painted in 1829; second bird added later; Audubon presented a scientific paper in 1826 regarding the vultures in which he asserted that the birds rely on sight rather than smell to locate food; his theory that vultures have an underdeveloped sense of smell met resistance at the time but was later confirmed through experiments
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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