Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii), Havell plate no. 70; detail of a bird tail
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and selective outlining with a stylus on paper, laid on card
Paper: 17 1/4 x 11 1/8 in. (43.8 x 28.3 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink under tail sketch: "Shape of Tail"; below: "Drawn at Cincinnati April 12th 1820 / by John. J. Audubon --"; at lower center [over erased inscriptions]: "Henslow's Bunting / Ammodramus Henslowii -- / 1 Spigelia marilandica / 2 Phlox aristata"; at lower right: "No. 14 Plate 70 / Published / 1829. --"; flowers numbered upper and lower: "1"; "2"
The background flora has been identified as Rose vervain (Verbena canadensis) and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.