Studies of a Bat and a Bat Ear
Watercolor and graphite with scratching out and selective glazing on paper
Overall: 19 x 11 3/4 in. ( 48.3 x 29.8 cm )
Inscribed above graphite sketch of ear at upper center left in graphite: “full view of the ears / and Tragus --“; at upper right: “from J. Bachman -- / In the dried Skin the / Tail extends about 1/8 of an Inch / beyond the femoral web, which is / not the case when full -- . / -- recalled this in the Descriptions / of Bats from Dried Specimens !! , / Sep.r 26th 1841--”; below wing: "Vespertilio Subulatus, Say , / Labrador Bat . found in that Country, J.J.A / Vespertilio Subulatus, Say. --”
View from the front of a bat that Audubon called Vespertilio subulatus, Say. Specimen was sent to him from naturalist, J. Bachman. Included on this page is a tiny, very detailed, graphite drawing of the bat's ear structure. Formerly S-17.
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