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Great Egret (Ardea alba), Havell plate no. 386

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, collage, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink with scraping on paper, laid on card
Paper: 24 1/4 x 35 3/4 in. (61.6 x 90.8 cm)Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)

Inscribed at lower left in graphite[crossed out]: "No 69. Plate 341."; at lower left of center: "Great White Heron male Spring Dress. -- / Ardea alba -- L."; at lower right of center[partially erased]: "76 pl 386"


Male, breeding plumage. A Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), was inserted into Havell plate no. 386, Great Egret, from a watercolor vignette in the lower left corner of 1863.17.372, Swainson's Hawk.

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Protected by wildlife conservation laws passed earlier this century.

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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