Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus), Havell plate no. 143
Watercolor, graphite, and pastel, with touches of gouache and black ink, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 1/2 x 11 7/16 in. (47 x 29.1 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed and signed at lower right in brown ink: "New Jersey May. ---- J.J.A"; at lower left of center: "Golden crowned Thrush. Male 1. F. 2. / Sylvia aurocapilla."; birds numbered lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"; at upper right in graphite: "No. 4. 43"
Female, above; male, below
The background flora has been identified as Bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). This is a European species naturalized in the U.S.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.