Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo), Havell plate no. 266
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and gouache with touches of white lead pigment and selective glazing on paper which has had a strip trimmed off and reattached during mounting, all laid on car
Paper: 25 9/16 x 38 3/16 in. (64.9 x 97 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Inscribed at upper right in graphite: "The Young, when half grown[cut] / exhibit the nostrils quite open --"; at lower right: "The Young when h[cut] / grown exhibit the / Nostrils quite open[cut]"; below: "Common Cormorant. / Phalacrocorax carbo. Du[cut] / ...[1?] Male in Winter plumage... / Female 2 -- June 19th -- / No 54[all crossed out] Plate 266 J.J.A"
Adult male, right; female and young, left
female and young painted in Labrador July 1833; male at right possibly added March 1834
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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