Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Havell plate no. 307; sketch of a second bird

Object Number: 
ca. 1832
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache, scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 20 3/8 x 28 15/16 in. (51.8 x 73.5 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830 [reversed]
Inscribed at upper right in graphite[cut]: "…with…crooked... / you will cut out and place near or on the outline / made on this try to Shew a portion or the whol[cut] / of one leg and foot. --"[indicating outline of second stationary bird in profile at upper right]; birds numbered left and right respectively: "1"; "2"
Adult, breeding plumage
Gallery Label: 
Another version of an unpublished drawing Little Blue Heron (1863.18.39); For the plate version, Havell included a heron in the white plumage of the young standing in the left background
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