Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), Havell plate no. 258
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of gouache and black ink, scratching out, and scraping on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 3/4 x 21 7/16 in. (37.5 x 54.5 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Hudsonian Godwit. Male 1. Young. Female 2. Summer Plumage. / LIMOSA HUDSONICA, Swain. and Richard. --"; birds numbered right and left respectively: "1"; "2."; six lines of erased inscriptions at middle left including: "...feet..."
Female, breeding plumage, left; immature male, right
Bird at left probably painted by Audubon in spring 1835; bird at right painted by his son in Boston in 1832
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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