Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), Havell plate no. 206
1821; c. 1825
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, collage, and black ink with touches of gouache, scraping, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 38 1/16 x 25 7/8 in. (96.7 x 65.7 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?] / TURKEY MILL
Inscribed at right of center in graphite: "The Circle around the / eye, and the upper Mandible / as in the Male above --"; birds numbered clockwise from upper center[written over]: "1"; "2[over 3]"; "2[over 4]"
Males, left; females, right
The background flora has been identified as Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) and Resurrection fern (Polypodium polypodioides)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.