Harris' Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), Havell plate no. 392
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache and glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 7/16 x 23 5/16 in. (54.5 x 59.2 cm) Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1836 [reversed]
Inscribed at lower right in graphite: "J.J.A 1837--"; at upper center diagonally: "All carnivorous Birds / either of the Land or Water / are both later & earlier in part[?]... of faces[?] / than most others"
Edward Harris accompanied Audubon on trips to the Gulf coast and the Missouri River, and was a patron of his early work. Audubon named this bird the Louisiana Hawk, and honored Harris in the Latin name, Falco harrisii. Although no longer the modern taxonomic designation, the modern name Harris' Hawk perpetuates Audubon's original intention.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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