Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus), Havell plate no. 82; sketch of a foot
Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, gouache, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 28 7/8 x 21 9/16 in. (73.3 x 54.8 cm) Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 182[7?] [reversed]
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 17. Plate 82. / Drawn from Nature & Puplished / by / John. J. Audubon F.R.S. F.LS. & c"; at lower leftt of center: "Caprimulgus vociferus / Whip-poor-will. Male 1. F. 2. 3 / quercus tinctoria / Vulgo Black Oak."; various inscriptions counterclockwise from lower right: "foot"[next to sketch]; "Male"; "Saturnia Cecropia"; "Male / Rosabisa[?] Io"; birds numbered clockwise from top: "1."; "2"; "3."
Males, above; females, below pursuing a Cecropia Moth (Hylophora cecropia) of the family Saturnia; and a Io moth (Automeris io).
The background flora has been identified as Red Oak (Quercus borealis) or Black Oak (Quercus velutina)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.