American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Havell plate no. 223
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 7/16 x 22 5/8 in. (36.7 x 57.5 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn by J.J.Audubon from Nature."; at lower center: "Pied Oyster Catcher. Male"
Two ships in background not included in engraving. This picture may actually represent an Old World oystercatcher rather than the American bird.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.