Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) and Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius), Havell plate no. 369
Watercolor, graphite, black ink, pastel, black chalk, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm) Sheet (paper): 21 3/8 × 13 7/8 in. (54.3 × 35.2 cm)
Inscribed at left in brown ink[below lower register line in graphite]: "1 Mountain Mock-bird. Male. / Orpheus montanus, Townsend. --"; at lower center: "Plant Misletoe. / Viscum verticillatum."; at lower right of center: "2, 3. Varied Thrush. Male & female. -- / Turdus navius, Gm."; at lower right: "Plant / Viscum verticillatum. / Misletoe"; at upper right vertically in graphite[erased and cut]: "Parus borealis -- for P. atricapillus / our common black h... / Titmouse -- of the the Mid[west]... / & Northern Sta[tes]..."; birds numbered from upper to lower in brown ink: "1"; "2"; "3"
Male Sage Thrasher, above; male Varied Thrush, center; female Varied thrush, below.
The background flora has been identified as Mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum) and was later painted in SC by Maria Martin.
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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