Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), Havell plate no. 61

Object Number: 
1814; after 1821
Watercolor, collage, pastel, graphite, black chalk, black ink, and gouache on three pieces of paper, laid on card
Paper: 35 1/4 x 24 15/16 in. (89.5 x 63.3 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN
Inscribed and signed at lower left in brown ink: "No 13. Plate 61. / Published 1829. / Drawn from Nature by / John. J. Audubon"; at lower right of center: "Great horned-Owl Male 1. F. Young / Strix Virginiana"; at lower right: "Weight-- 4 lb avoir du pois / Breadth 4 feet 8/12. Englis[h, cut, JJA uses the traditional English measuring system as opposed to the new French metric system instituted by Napoleon during this era] / Length 1--"--11/12.-- / Henderson Ky. Sepr. 21st 1814."
Immature female, left; male, right
Gallery Label: 
While the male owl was drawn in 1814, the rest of the composition was completed after 1821.
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