Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica), Havell plate no. 59

Object Number: 
1812; c. 1825
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with selective glazing on two sheets of paper, laid on card
Paper: 17 x 10 5/8 in. (43.2 x 27 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN
Inscribed on upper sheet of paper at lower left in brown ink: "No 124[4 scraped out] 59[in graphite] / May 17th 1812 Pennsa"; at lower center on upper sheet: "Silvia Pensylvanica / Figuier a Poitrine Rouge de Buffon -- / Chesnut Sided Warbler. A.W. drawn by J.J. Audubon"; on lower sheet at left of center: "Chesnut-Sided Warbler / Male 1. F. 2. / Sylvia icterocephala. / Plant Verbascum Blattaria / var. fl. albicante / Moth Mullein"; birds numbered left and right respectively: "1"; "2"
Female, above; male, below
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified asMoth mullein (Verbascum blattaria); upper bird done 1812; male at left and branch where perched added ca. 1825; working proof- proof set #3 in N-YHS collection (Wilbur fund February 19, 1947); drawing extended 3" at bottom
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group