Kentucky Warbler (Oporornis formosus), Havell plate no. 38
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 19 1/16 x 11 3/4 in. (48.4 x 29.8 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at the lower left in brown ink: "No 8. Plate 38."; below in graphite [erased]: "J.J. Audubon"; at lower center in brown ink: "Kentucky Warbler Male 1. F. 2. / Sylvia formosa."; to right in graphite[erased]: "Auriculata"; below in brown ink: "Plant. Magnolia auriculata"; birds numbered lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"
Male left; female right
The background flora has been identified as Umbrella-tree (Magnolia fraseri). The umbrella-tree was found by Audubon only in Lousiana and Mississippi in habitats frequented by the Kentucky warbler.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.