Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major), Havell plate no. 187
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 3/8 x 21 3/16 in. (74.6 x 53.8 cm) Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830
Female, above; male, below
The background flora has been identified as Live oak (Quercus virginiana) with Spanish moss; this was the 3rd time Audubon drew this bird, the 1st was on MS River 1/1821, the 2nd time was made for and published by Charles Lucien Bonaparte in plate four of his "Continuation of Wilson's American Ornithology,"
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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