Bachman's Sparrow (Aimophila aestivalis), Havell plate no. 165; studies of birds' tails
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 1/16 x 13 3/4 in. (53.5 x 34.9 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830
Inscribed at lower left in graphite below tail studies: "12 / F. / Tail / superiorly -- / Tail seen inferiorly / 3d Primary length --"; below[erased]: "...16th 1834..."; at lower center[erased]: "Bachman's Sparrow / Fringilla Bachmani"; erased inscriptions in lower register
The background flora has been identified as Fever tree (Pinckneya pubens), now a rare plant
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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