Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia), Havell plate no. 324
c. 1821; 1830
Watercolor, collage, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 1/4 x 15 3/16 in. (54 x 38.6 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1820
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 65. Plate 324 -"; birds numbered clockwise from lower center: "1"; "2"; "3"
Adults, center; immature, in autumn, lower right. Female Bonaparte's Gulls usually have black heads, like the males.
All three birds drawn separately and pasted on background; Specimens obtained in Ohio in 1819, while on an outing with Robert Best (Curator of the Cincinnati Museum at that time);
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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