Northern Shrike (Lanius excubitor), Havell plate no. 192

Object Number: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Parsley haw (Crataegus apiifolia)
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