Watercolor, graphite, gouache, and pastel with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 1/4 x 29 5/16 in. (54 x 74.5 cm)
Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "30 1/2 Inches / by 22 Inches."; below: "No 80 --- Plate 397. / J.J.A"; at lower left of center: "Ibis rubra, Vieill. / 1. Adult male. 2 Young Second Spring plumage."; at middle right[partially erased]: "The…because / in… an indication / That Nature… although to / …is yet obliged / to …pleting of her / … It also appears to me / that…of colouring is …er / …facts / …of the birds-- / … The stomach / …near head, that / ...and then / … / ..."
Adult, left; immature, right
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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