Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Havell plate no. 58
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of black ink and gouache on paper, laid on card
Paper: 17 1/2 x 11 5/16 in. (44.5 x 28.7 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 12. Plate 58. / Published 1829. / Hermit Thrush Male 1. F. 2. Tawny Thrush[crossed out] / Turdus solitarius. Wilson pl. 43. fig. 3. p. 95. / Plant Bromelia lycis...[crossed out]"; below in graphite: "John. J. Audubon"; at lower right of center: "Male"; birds numbered upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"; erased inscriptions in lower register
Male, above; female, below
The background flora has been identified as probably Deciduous holly (Ilex decidua). The background flora was painted by both Mason and Audubon; bird at top painted in 1822, the lower bird was added later
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.