Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia), Havell plate no. 65
1808; c. 1825
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel on two sheets of paper laid on card
Paper: 17 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. (45.1 x 28.9 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: [cut TURKEY] MILLS
Inscribed at the lower left in brown ink: "No 13. Plate 65. / Published 1829. / Drawn from Nature / Falls of Ohio -- July 1st. 1808. -- / J.J. Audubon"; at lower center: "Rathbone's Warbler males / Sylvia Rathboni / Plant Bignonia capreolata"
Immature males; Audubon originally called this bird the Rathbone Warbler in honor of the William Rathbone family of Liverpool, who entertained him and were instrumental in introducing him to potential subscribers in Britain.
The background flora has been identified as Crossvine or Trumpet flower (Anisostichus capreolata); upper right hand corner is an early pastel drawing which Audubon incorporated into this composition
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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