Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla), Havell plate no. 139
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 3/16 x 11 7/16 in. (46.2 x 29.1 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / TURKEY MILLS / 1827
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "July 11th J.J.A"; at lower center: "Field Sparrow male / Fringilla pusilla. --"; at lower center in graphite[partially cut]: "Field Sparrow"; erased inscriptions throughout
The background flora has been identified as Grass pink (Calopogon tuberosus) and Blueberry (probably Vaccinium vacillans)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.