Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), Havell plate no. 331
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 24 x 36 7/8 in. (61 x 93.7 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "Goosander --"; at upper center: "Male 1. F. 2."; birds numbered right and left respectively: "1"; "2"
Female, left; male, right; Havell Plate 331 has a view of Cohoes Falls, New York, where Audubon was in the summer of 1824; see also 1863.17.401, which has a notation to include a NY waterfall.
Havell plate version, background includes a view of the falls at Cohoes in upper New York State
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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