Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia), Havell plate no. 50
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and gouache with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. (47.9 x 29.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite[erased]: "No 10 -- Plate 50 --"; at lower left in brown ink: "No 10. plate 50."; below in graphite: "J.J. Audubon"; at lower center in brown ink: "Swainson's Warbler Male. / Sylvicola Swainsonia / Tree Vulgo White Oak."; at lower center in graphite[erased]: "Temminck's...Warbler female / Sylvia..."; at lower right in graphite: "Octr 20th 1821 Louisia[cut]"; plant labeled at upper right: "A"; extensive erased inscriptions throughout, some indicating tones for sketched in leaves: "light"; "shade"
The background flora has been identified as Swamp chestnut (Quercus michauxii). Audubon recounts that during his absence from London, two paintings were accidentally switched and this one mislabeled as "Swainson's warbler, Male."
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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