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Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Havell plate no. 351

Object Number: 
1863.17.351
Date: 
c. 1834-1836
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 34 5/16 x 25 1/4 in. (87.2 x 64.1 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 18[?] [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 71"; at lower center: "Rase[over "Rise"] the Bird about 4 Inches on the Copper higher than / in this drawing, and put a Landscape below of Wild Mountains / and Woods"; below: "Great cinereous Owl Female. Plate 351[over 362]"; at lower right[partially erased]: "bill along the bridge 1 1/2 in -- / ...gap 1 3/4 in -- / Breadth of Tail " -- 1 1/2 " -- / height of middle claw 1 in / First Claw 7/8 in / ...5 primary longest ... and 8th equal -- / 11 inches from root -- / ...very short -- / Female --"
Description: 
Adult
Gallery Label: 
Havell neglected to add a landscape, but he did move the owl up on the page and added several inches to the upper portion of the branch in the engraving
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