Merlin (Falco columbarius), Havell plate no. 75

Object Number: 
1863.17.75
Date: 
1812; 1821-22?
Medium: 
Pastel, watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 16 1/2 x 10 9/16 in. (41.9 x 26.8 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Le petit Caporal / Falco temerarius / Male / No 15. Plate 75. / April 23. 1812. Pensa."; at lower left of center in graphite: "The [Little?] Hawk / Le Temeraire"
Description: 
Male. Audubon called this bird "Le Petit Caporal", in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)
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