Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Havell plate no. 54

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Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, gouache, and white lead pigment with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 13/16 x 11 7/8 in. (47.8 x 30.2 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN / 181[?]
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 9. Plate 44.[crossed out] 54"; below in graphite inside bracket: "May 11th. 1822 / March --"; at lower right of center: "A"; at lower right in brown ink: "Rice Bird. male 1. F. 2. / Icterus agripennis.- / Plant vulgo. Water Maple / Acer rubrum / John. J. Audubon"; birds numbered in graphite upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"
Male, above; female, below
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The background flora has been identified as Red maple (Acer rubrum). There is an uncolored version.
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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