Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Havell plate no. 11
Watercolor, collage, black ink, graphite, pastel, and white lead pigment with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 38 3/8 x 23 11/16 in. (97.5 x 60.2 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Mount watermark: JWHATMAN [1830s]
Inscribed at lower left on a diagonal in three parts in black ink: "SEA EAGLE / FALCO Ossifragus"; "Drawn from Nature / by / John. J. Audubon / New Orleans 1822."; "Male. / Total Length 3 feet 6 1/2 /12 / Breadth -- 10 " -- 1/12 / Weight -- 14lb[#?] 12/16."
Immature male. Audubon originally thought this bird was an adult of an eagle species distinct from the Bald Eagle and named it in honor of George Washington.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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