Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), Havell plate no. 281

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black chalk with touches of black ink, scratching out, and scraping on paper, laid on card
Paper: 25 3/4 x 38 15/16 in. (65.4 x 98.9 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Inscribed at lower left of center in graphite: "Keep closely to the Sky in depth and colouring! / have the water of a Pea-green tint / Keep the divison of the scales on the / legs & feet white in your engraving -- / The colouring over these will subdue / them enough.--"; below: "Finish the houses better / from the original / which you have."; at lower center in brown ink: "No 57. Plate 281. / Ardea occidentalis. / male adult spring plumage. / View, Key-West."; at lower right of center in graphite: "Scale lighter edges--"; at lower right: "*have the upper back h…tor[?] / only mellowed in the outline.[second asterisk above back]"; below: "57"
Adult. The white color morph of the Great Blue Heron, found mostly in the Florida Keys, and sometimes referred to as the Great White Heron.
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Until 1973, the Great White heron was considered a separate species, it is now known as a form of the Great Blue heron
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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