Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Havell plate no. 58

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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
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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
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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