Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii), Havell plate no. 70; detail of a bird tail

Object Number: 
1863.17.70
Date: 
1820
Medium: 
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and selective outlining with a stylus on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 17 1/4 x 11 1/8 in. (43.8 x 28.3 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink under tail sketch: "Shape of Tail"; below: "Drawn at Cincinnati April 12th 1820 / by John. J. Audubon --"; at lower center [over erased inscriptions]: "Henslow's Bunting / Ammodramus Henslowii -- / 1 Spigelia marilandica / 2 Phlox aristata"; at lower right: "No. 14 Plate 70 / Published / 1829. --"; flowers numbered upper and lower: "1"; "2"
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Rose vervain (Verbena canadensis) and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)
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