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Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Object Number: 
1863.18.29
Date: 
c. 1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 25 1/2 x 37 1/16 in. (64.8 x 94.1 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / New Orleans March 29th 1821."; at lower center: "Great White Heron Male. / Ardea Alba"; at lower right: "Length to end of Tail 3 8/12 feet / " " " Claws 4 6/12 " / Breadth -- 4 9 1/2/12 " / Weight -- 2 lb 3/16 / Tail Feathers -- 12--"
Description: 
Male
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as
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