American Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) and Blackish Oystercatcher?, Havell plate no. 427
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with scratching out and touches of black ink and gouache on paper, laid on card
Paper: 20 3/4 x 28 3/4 in. (52.7 x 73 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Inscribed at upper center in graphite vertically[partially erased]: "..2…4 / … / usual depth --"; at upper right vertically: "On Some of these Birds-bills / The indentation of their… that / much in opening Shells as well / marked by having scale like / ...from it --"
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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