Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), Havell plate no. 343
Watercolor, collage, pastel, graphite, and black ink with touches of gouache and scratching out on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 15/16 x 24 15/16 in. (37.9 x 63.3 cm) Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite[cut]: "…a lot / but colour / the One of the / Ma[les]"
Male, summer plumage, left; female, summer plumage, left center; immature male, winter plumage, center right; immature, right
Probably completed in 1833 from paintings made earlier and pasted down
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.