Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis), Havell plate no. 283
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 13/16 x 21 5/8 in. (37.6 x 54.9 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 57. Plate 283. --"; at lower right in brown ink[over erased graphite]: "Cinereous Petrel. Lath.[insert] male. / Puffinus cinereus, Cuv. / cinereous Petrel, Latham Puffinus cinereus, Cuvier."; at upper left in graphite[erased]: "No 57"
Although Audubon's inscription specifies "male," the sexes in this species are indistinguishable in appearance
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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