Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor), Havell plate no. 192
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache and glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 29 5/16 x 20 5/8 in. (74.5 x 52.4 cm) Mat: 52 × 38 in. (132.1 × 96.5 cm)
Inscribed at lower right in graphite: "Crata[e]gus apiifolia"; birds numbered in brown ink counterclockwise from upper center: "1"; "2"; "3"; "4"
Adult Northern Shrikes, upper three; immature Northern Shrike, lower left; Horned Lark, lower right; for Havell plate no. 192, Victor Gifford Audubon inserted a tiny grasshopper onto the branch above the bird at middle left, at his father's request.
The background flora has been identified as Parsley haw (Crataegus apiifolia)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.