Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus), Havell plate no. 272
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and black chalk with scraping and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (54.6 x 74.9 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower right of center in graphite[erased]: "...Audubonii -- 1 Male adult 2. Young Autumn plumage"
Adult, left; immature, right; Audubon originally called this Richardson's Jager, after Sir John Richardson (1787 – 1865), a Scottish naval surgeon, naturalist and arctic explorer, who co-author the second volume of Fauna Boreali-Americana (1831) with William John Swainson.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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