Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Havell plate no. 321
c. 1831-32; 1836
Watercolor, graphite, gouache, and black ink with touches of glazing on paper, laid on Japanese paper
Paper: 23 1/8 x 35 11/16 in. (58.7 x 90.6 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
On verso at upper right in graphite, revealed after removal from mount: "[cut] to end of[illegible] / to end of claws -- 36 " -- / Alar extent -- 51" -- / weight -- 3-- lb 14 ozes. / Florida Keyes May 23d 1832 / J.J A / drawn at London 1836"
Adult, breeding plumage; the background, only a vague sketch in the watercolor, was finished for Havell plate no. 321, probably by George Lehman, ca. 1800 – 1870 or the engraver Robert Havell Jr.
In danger of extinction at the beginning of the 20th century, it survives today because it is protected by conservation laws
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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