Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), Havell plate no. 53

Object Number: 
1863.17.53
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and gouache with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 18 11/16 x 11 5/8 in. (47.5 x 29.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 11. Plate 53. / Published 1829.-- / Drawn fron Nature by John J. Audubon / City of New Orleans April 9th 1821."; at lower center: "Painted Buntings / Fringilla [crossed out]Emberiza Ciris / Plant / Prunus Chicasa"; at lower right in graphite[erased]: "Prunus Chicasa"; birds numbered in graphite clockwise from lower center: "1"; "2"; "3"; "5"; "4"
Description: 
Adult female, above; adult males, lower left and below
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Chichasaw plum (Prunus angustifclia).
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