American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica); two studies of a foot, Havell plate no. 300

Object Number: 
c. 1815; c. 1830
Watercolor, graphite, collage, black ink, and pastel with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 9/16 x 21 11/16 in. (37 x 55.1 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at middle left in graphite[erased]: "Extend the … / of the eye as marked / here! --- "; at lower center[erased]: "…ground and put distant mountains"; birds numbered counterclockwise from the lower right: "1"; "2"; "3"; erased inscriptions at lower center
Greater Golden-Plover, below right and possibly above right; Lesser Golden-Plover, left
Gallery Label: 
Birds on left ca. 1815; birds on right ca. 1830; for the Havell plate the bird in flight was moved forward and the bird on the left was turned to face opposite direction and a landscape was added to the plate
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