Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) and Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus), Havell plate no. 373

Object Number: 
1863.17.373
Date: 
1836-37
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, black chalk, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 15 1/4 x 14 1/16 in. (38.7 x 35.7 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink[below margin line ruled in graphite]: "1. Evening Grosbeak. / Fringilla vespertina, Cooper. / old male. -- / No. 72."; at lower center: "2. 3. 4. Spotted Grosbeak. / Males and Female. -- / Fringilla Maculata."; at lower right: "5. 6. 7. Pine Grosbeak. / Males and female. -- / Pyrrhula enucleator, Temm. -- / Plate 358. --"; above in graphite: "Novr. 27th 1836 -- / Wrote to Lenz[Harald Othmar] -- / Harlan -- / Brewer. -- / N. Berthoud --"; birds numbered in brown ink clockwise from upper right: "1"; "2"; "3"; "4"
Description: 
Clockwise from upper right: Evening Grosbeak, adult male; Black-headed Grosbeaks, adult males; Black-headed Grosbeak, female; for Havell plate no. 373, a butterfly drawn by Maria Martin (1796 - 1863) was inserted at upper left, the focus of the four birds' attentions.
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