Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii), Havell plate no. 18
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 3/4 x 11 3/8 in. (47.6 x 28.9 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN / 1818
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 4. Plate 18[in graphite] / Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / Bayou Sarah Louisianna Octr 19th[over 12th] 1821."; at lower center: "Bewick's long=tailed Wren. / Long Tailed Creeper Male. / Certhia"; at lower right: "Length -- 5. Inches / breadth. -- 6 1/2 " / Tongue slender Jagged / Mouth Yellow / rump feathers white beneath with central spots. -- / Tail Feathers 10. --"; erased inscriptions in lower register
The background flora has been identified as Wahou or winged elm (Ulmus alata).
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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