Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) Yellow-shafted, Havell plate no. 37

Object Number: 
1863.17.37
Date: 
1821; 1827
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on two sheets of paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 26 13/16 x 18 11/16 in. (68.1 x 47.5 cm), irregular Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed and signed at lower right in brown ink: "No 8. Plate 37. / Gold-winged Woodpecker Males 1. F.2. / Picus auratus. -- / John. J. Audubon"; birds labelled clockwise from upper center in graphite: "female"; "female"; "Male"; "Male"; "Male"; at upper right corner: "37"
Description: 
Females above and center; males below and left
Gallery Label: 
two female birds painted in Louisiana in 1821; profiles and heads of the males added to the bottom and left ca. 1827; piece of paper 5" high, pasted onto the bottom of the composition.
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