Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), Havell plate no. 62
Watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, black chalk, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Paper: 26 5/16 x 18 1/2 in. (66.8 x 47 cm) Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1810
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink "No 13. Plate 62. / Published 1829. / Drawn from Nature / Pittsburgh. Pena. / J.J.Audubon"; at lower center: "Passenger Pigeon Male 1. Female 2 / Columba migratoria"; birds numbered lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"
Female, above; male, below
Two other versions of Audubon's passenger pigeons exist- an earlier version made in Louisville,KY on December 11, 1809 now in the Houghton Library, Harvard University; an oil copy of the present picture by Joseph Kidd now in the collection of Harvard Univesity's Museum of Comparative Zoology
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.