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Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica), Havell plate no. 346

Object Number: 
1863.17.346
Date: 
c. 1834
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, black chalk, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 25 5/16 x 38 3/16 in. (64.3 x 97 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "J.J.A. No 70 -- Plate 346"; at lower center: "Black-throated Diver / Colymbus arcticus, Linn. 1 Adult male Spring plumage -- 2 female, 3 Young first Autumn"; birds numbered from left to right: "1"; "3"; "2"
Description: 
Young, winter plumage, center; adults, summer plumage, left and right; formerly Arctic Loon: Pacific Loon recently distinguished from the Arctic Loon by the lack of white rear flanks, a slightly thinner neck, rounder head, and more horizontal bill position.
Gallery Label: 
Watercolor perhaps from a drawing of 1820 with specimens collected in England
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