Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius), Havell plate no. 332
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, oil, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache on heavy paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 3/8 x 29 11/16 in. (54.3 x 75.4 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "No 67 Plate 332. / Pied Duck"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
Female, left; male, right
Heavily hunted for millinery trade, this species was already scarce by the time Audubon depicted it (from specimens Daniel Webster had shot on Martha's Vineyard). By 1880 it was extinct.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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