Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis), Havell plate no. 113

Object Number: 
1863.17.113
Date: 
c. 1820-1822
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 18 15/16 x 12 in. (48.1 x 30.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Two lower birds numbered from left to right respectively in graphite: "2"; "3"
Description: 
Adult male, above; adult female, left; immature, right
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Mullein or Flannel-plant (Verbascum thapsus); bluebird is the official bird of New York State; female and young painted ca. 1820; male probably painted Louisiana in 1822
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