Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Havell plate no. 43
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, black ink, and gouache with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 17 9/16 x 14 1/8 in. (44.6 x 35.9 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: T. G. & Co. [reversed]
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 9. Plate 43. / Drawn at Cincinnati Ohio / April 11th / by John. J. Audubon"; at lower center: "Cedar Bird. -- Male. 1. / F. 2. / Bombycilla Carolinensis / Plant Vulgo. red Cedar. -- / Juniper Virginiana"; at lower right: "Weight. 1. o.ze"; birds numbered twice, lower and upper respectively in brown ink and graphite: "1"; "2"
Female, above; male, below
The background flora has been identified as Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiaca), the berry-like cones of which are used for flavoring gin.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.