Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)
Pastel, graphite, watercolor, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 11 5/16 x 17 3/16 in. (28.7 x 43.7 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No. XXX"; to right in brown ink: "Draw from Nature & from the Living Bird / by John. J. Audubon Cincinnati Ohio Augt. 19. 1820"; at lower center in graphite: "Cincinati Gull ---"; at lower right: "37"
Winter plummage. Audubon originally called this species the "Cincinnati Gull", but later renamed it "Bonaparte's Gull", in honor of naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803-57)
The background flora has been identified as
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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