Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), Havell plate no. 116
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 37 13/16 x 25 1/8 in. (96 x 63.8 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1827
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "[cut] . 24"; at lower right: "Quercus nigra / (vulgo) Black Jack Oak"; bird pairs numbered right and left respectively in graphite: "1" and "1"; "2" and "2"; at middle right: "Begin", with line extending down; various short horizontal and vertical lines for centering and defining the margins on the engraving plate.
Two males above and two females below, with a Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta).
The background flora has been identified as possibly Blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) or Scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.