House Wren (Troglodytes aedon), Havell plate no. 83

Object Number: 
c. 1824-29
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, black chalk, and touches of black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 19 3/16 x 11 5/8 in. (48.7 x 29.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 17. Plate 83."; at lower center: "House Wren. Male 1. F. 2. Young 3.4.5"; below in graphite[erased]: "Troglodytes Aedon[crossed out] aedon / ad / aedon[crossed out] / ...[illegible]"; birds numbered in brown ink counterclockwise from upper center: "1"; "2"; "3"; "4"; "5"
Female feeding young, left; adult male, right
Gallery Label: 
House wren perched on hat made in PA in 1812; painting completed ca. 1824; 2 colored engravings and copper plate (1946.167) in N-YHS collections; 1812 picture in the collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University; there is also an oil copy made by Kidd in the PA Academy of Fine Arts
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