Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus), Havell plate no. 106
Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, collage, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 23 7/16 x 36 1/4 in. (59.5 x 92.1 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Two adult Black Vultures with the head of a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).
Bird on left and deer's head painted in 1829; second bird added later; Audubon presented a scientific paper in 1826 regarding the vultures in which he asserted that the birds rely on sight rather than smell to locate food; his theory that vultures have an underdeveloped sense of smell met resistance at the time but was later confirmed through experiments
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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