Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Havell plate no. 291
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache, white lead pigment, and glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 37 1/4 x 25 5/16 in. (94.6 x 64.3 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 58 -- 286 -- / take the leg off / Seen in the Bird on / Wing --"["X" on leg to indicate removal]; birds numbered upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"
Adult, breeding plumage, above; immature, below
Unpublished drawing,Herring Gull (1863.18.38); immature gull is the work of Lehman, who also painted the view of St. Augustine harbor; Audubon added the flying adult bird to Lehman's composition
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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