Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus), Havell plate no. 244
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, black ink, gouache, and white lead pigment with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 16 3/16 x 22 1/8 in. (41.1 x 56.2 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed in blank lower register at lower left in brown ink: "Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / New Orleans February 8th 1821"; at lower center[over earlier cancelled inscription]: "Common Gallinule or Moor Hen Male / Fulica Chlorupus-- / Grand Rale d'Eau A[illegible] les Chapeurs[?] de la Louisianna"; at lower right: "Length 14 Inches & 19 to the end of Nails / Breadth 22. "-- / Weight 12 ozes--"
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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