Watercolor, graphite, black ink, and pastel with touches of glazing and scratching out on paper
Overall: 23 x 30 5/8 in. (58.4 x 77.8 cm)
Inscribed at upper left and continuing clockwise in graphite: “Plecotus townsendii, Cooper -- natural Size / Townsend's Plecotus. -- / from Columbia River -- / J. J.A. / 16th Feby. / 46”; at the upper right: “Le Conte. / Plecotis macrotis, South Carolina -- / Feby. 16th – 1846 – natural Size / J. J.A / no Sex mentioned / in any of these Specimens ---”; at middle right: “A & B / Vespertilio monticola . / Mountain Bat – / Fawn colour -- / no Sex mentioned / Natural Size / Gray Sulphur Springs Virginia -- / Feby. 17th 1846 -- / J. J.A / Vespertilio from Dr. Leib -- / procured in Erie Co Michigan / Sepr 1841 -- / No name to it -- / 1 Vesp. Virginianis -- / Virginian Bat A & B -- / 2 Vesp. Leibii -- A & B -- / Leibs Bat. -- / 3 Vesp. Californians[?] A&B -- / Californian Bat -- / Scalops argentatus A&B -- / Silvery Shrew Male -- / 4 Arvicola fulva, A & B -- / Glopy[?] Arcivola -- / 5 Arvi. Nasecta A & B -- / Sharp-nosed Arvicola -- / Arviola Pennsylvanca V. M. -- / Mus[?] humilis (Bachman) / Little hawett[?] Mouse -- / 6 Mus (Colouring) arvicolus A & B -- / Orange Coloured Mouse[?]-- / Mus Michiganensis A & B -- / Michigan Mouse[?]” (rubbed and slightly illegible); at lower right: “The above specimen was sent to me / by Wm. J. Weeks of Millville Long Island / & was rec'd Sep.r 27th 1841 – / no name attached & probably will prove / a New Species / Feby 19th 1846 -- / J.J.A – Size of Nature / no sex mentioned --; at the lower left: “Vesp. nigricrus(?) – New Species -- / only one incisor / on each side -- / do not know from / where rec'd Natural Size. / Feby. 19th 1846 -- / J.J.A”
Views of six different bat species, all drawn from the front. Includes many inscriptions describing the regions and procurement methods for the specimens depicted, and possible classifications. All specimens were sent to him by scientific colleagues. Formerly S-30
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