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Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus); sketches of two beaks and a talon

Object Number: 
1863.18.19
Date: 
1809
Medium: 
Pastel, black chalk, and graphite with scratching out on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 24 5/16 x 18 5/16 in. (61.8 x 46.5 cm) Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 161"; at lower right of center: "Ongle de / derriere"; at lower right: "Longueur total --- 24 Po[pouces, cut] / Anvergure[sic] 60. Do[cut] / pese 4 lb / Pennes a longueur -- 12.00 / Chute de L'Ohio / 29th Decembr 1809. / peu farouche moins / tres Rare Jai vu / trois en plein Jour."
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