Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini), Havell plate no. 285
Watercolor and graphite with touches of black ink, scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 14 1/2 x 21 3/8 in. (36.8 x 54.3 cm) Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 57. / Plate 285."; at lower center in graphite: "FORK-TAILED GULL. / LARUS SABINII, SAB."; at lower right[erased]: "... / ... / ...Bird particularly / to Mr Blake. --"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible
A sanderling was added to the plate; Audubon was fortunate to see this gull in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, flying with a flock of Ring-billed gulls
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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