Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Havell plate no. 251
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, gouache, and black chalk with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 37 5/8 x 26 3/16 in. (95.6 x 66.5 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1831 [reversed]
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 51 -- 251"; at lower left of center in brown ink: "No 51."; at lower center: "BROWN PELICAN male, adult. / PELECANUS FUSCUS"; at lower right of center: "Pl 251."
The background flora has been identified as mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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