Chuck-will's-widow (Caprimulgus carolinensis), Havell plate no. 52

Object Number: 
1863.17.52
Date: 
1822
Medium: 
Watercolor, black ink, oil, graphite, gouache, white lead pigment, and pastel with selective glazing on paper, laid on Japanese paper
Dimensions: 
Paper: 23 1/2 x 18 3/4 in. (59.7 x 47.6 cm) Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / TURKEY MILLS [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower right of center in brown ink: "Chuck-Wills widow / Caprimulgus Carolinensis / Spanish Whipper Will common name"; at lower right, diagonally under branch: "Drawn from Nature by John J. Audubon / Natchez May 7th 1822"; below: "Weight of Male. 3 3/4 [insert]Oz / Length of " 12 3/4 In. / Breadth " " 26."; to right: "Female -- 3 1/4 oz / Eggs siz[cut] / of a Cherry."
Description: 
Female, below; male, above, with an Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius) on the branch.
Credit Line: 
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