Red Knot (Calidris canutus), Havell plate no. 315

Object Number: 
c. 1821
Watercolor, graphite, collage, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 12 x 18 13/16 in. (30.5 x 47.8 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "Red breasted Sandpiper. 1 Male Spring plumage / 2. Female in Winter. / Tringa islandica, L."; below, diagonally: "4th Volume"; at middle left: "1 Spring plumage / 2 Winter plumage --"; birds numbered left to right respectively: "1"; "2"; to right of upper bird's head: "X" [instruction to engraver for reorientation of upper bird on copper plate]
Male, summer plumage, left; female, winter plumage, right
Gallery Label: 
The Havell engraving eliminated sailing ship and calmed the seas; bird #2 pasted on
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