Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) and Trudeau's Tern (Sterna trudeaui), Havell plate no. 409
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, and gouache with selective glazing on two sheets of paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 3/4 x 21 7/16 in. (37.5 x 54.5 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Sterna Phillipsi 1."; at lower center: "Sterna Trudeaui 2. --"; above right: "[cut]… in the Eddy -- / New Orleans in the Winter of 20-21 when thousands of / the same Species were gambolling over the River - I then / Drew it - but have no Skins of it; and through fear of / Confusing myself I dare not publish it -- / I have notwithstanding named it -- "Black billed Tern" / & Sterna Ludoviciana - / J.J.A. ---"
Forster's tern, winter plumage, above; Trudeau's tern, below; Audubon originally named one of these birds "Havell's Tern", after his engraver Robert Havell Jr.
Trudeau's tern is a South American species which has not been found in the U.S. since Audubon's time
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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