Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus), Havell plate no. 93

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and gouache with scratching out and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 13/16 x 11 5/8 in. (47.8 x 29.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Watermark: JWHATMAN / TURKEY MILLS / 1827
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Sea Side Finch / Rosa carolina / (wild rose)"; below in brown ink [over erased graphite inscription ending with initials "J.J.A"]: "Plant. Rosa Carolina / Vulgo. Wild Rose. / No 19. / Plate 93. / June 14 / Great Egg Harbour --"; at lower left of center: "Sea side Finch. / Fringilla maritima"; at upper left in graphite[erased]: "No 19"
A non-migratory subspecies of the Seaside Sparrow, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens), found in Southern Florida in the natural salt marshes of Merritt Island and along the St. Johns River, was officially declared extinct in December 1990. The last definite known individual died on June 17, 1987.
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The background flora has been identified as Virginia rose (Rosa virginiana)
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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