Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), Havell plate no. 291

Object Number: 
1863.17.291
Date: 
1831
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache, white lead pigment, and glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
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)
Inscriptions: 
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"
Description: 
Adult, breeding plumage, above; immature, below
Gallery Label: 
Unpublished drawing,Herring Gull (1863.18.38); immature gull is the work of Lehman, who also painted the view of St. Augustine harbor; Audubon added the flying adult bird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
Credit Line: 
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