Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis), Havell plate no. 109

Object Number: 
1863.17.109
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, gouache, and black ink with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 17 9/16 x 11 1/2 in. (44.6 x 29.2 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: T.G. & Co
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn from Nature by John. J. Audubon / New Orleans February 6th. -- 1821 --"; at lower center; "Savannah Finch Male / Fringilla Savannus"; at upper right in brown ink: "1 Spigelia marilandica / 2 Verbena subbletia"; at upper right corner in graphite: "9"; birds numbered lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"; flowers numbered in brown ink left and right respectively: "1"; "2"
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Rose vervain (Vervain canadensis) and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica).
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