Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Havell plate no. 54
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, gouache, and white lead pigment with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 13/16 x 11 7/8 in. (47.8 x 30.2 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN / 181[?]
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 9. Plate 44.[crossed out] 54"; below in graphite inside bracket: "May 11th. 1822 / March --"; at lower right of center: "A"; at lower right in brown ink: "Rice Bird. male 1. F. 2. / Icterus agripennis.- / Plant vulgo. Water Maple / Acer rubrum / John. J. Audubon"; birds numbered in graphite upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"
Male, above; female, below
The background flora has been identified as Red maple (Acer rubrum). There is an uncolored version.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.