California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), Havell plate no. 426
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on Japanese paper
Paper: 38 9/16 x 25 3/8 in. (97.9 x 64.5 cm), irregular Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 84. Plate 426. -- / John. J. Audubon / 1838"; at lower center: "Californian Vulture. / Cathartes californianus, Illiger. / Old male."
(Havell plate #426)
Watercolor of Californian condor was given to N-YHS in 1966 (1966.42). This plate represents Havell plate #426, the only original watercolor known to be extant, which was not purchased in original transactions with Mrs. Audubon in 1863.
Gift of Mrs. Gratia Rinehart Waters
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.