Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Havell plate no. 316; study of a neck and head

Object Number: 
1822; 1836
Watercolor, black ink, graphite, pastel, and collage with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 37 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (94.6 x 61.6 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Inscribed at upper left in graphite[erased]: "…light…!"; at lower left in gray ink: "Length 35 Inches -- / Alar extent 47, Do. / Weight 2 lb 15, ozes. / Creole Name "Bec à Lancette." / Plotus melanogaster. Male Bird. -- / New Orleans 1822. -- / Redrawn 1836."; at upper right: "Cat 233 --"
Male, above; female, below; minute sketch at lower right of center shows a tiny bird in the background with its body submerged and just the neck and head raised above the water in the manner typical of this bird when fishing and diving.
Gallery Label: 
Earlier version, done in 1822 in N-YHS collections (1863.18.34); Havell engraving also includes a water scene added to the background
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