Say's Least Shrew (Cryptotis parva), Study for Plate no. 70 of "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America"; verso: comparative diagram

Object Number: 
Z.3297
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and gouache with scratching out on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 19 1/8 in. ( 22.9 x 48.6 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "New York Feby. 5th 1842. -- / J.J.A"; at lower center: "Sorex parvus, Say / Say's Sorex. Male and female / Natural Size. --"; at lower right: "Re'd from Mr. Hammond / who caught these alive / in a ditch 14 miles East / of New York. --"; verso inscribed at upper left upside down in graphite: "Tail flat beneath but / forming an arch above, giving it / almost the appearance of a / rounded tail split through the / Middle. --"; at upper center above diagram: "Fo
Description: 
This shrew, called a 'sorex' by John James Audubon, was caught alive in a ditch 14 miles east of his New York home. For Plate# 70 of The Viviparous Quadrupeds of America. Formerly S-9.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group