Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major); sketch of an insect
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 22 7/16 x 17 3/8 in. (57 x 44.1 cm) Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink[over erased graphite]: "Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / Bonné Caré's church Jan.y. 4th 1821."; at lower center: "Boat tailed Grakles. / Gracula Barita"; at lower right in graphite: "No 27"
Female, above; male, below
The background flora has been identified as Live oak (Quercus virginiana) and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.