Studies of Two Bats and a Bat Ear

Object Number: 
Z.3299
Date: 
1842
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink with scratching out on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 x 11 7/8 in. ( 48.3 x 30.1 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at middle left in graphite: "Female.--"; at lower left: "New York Jan y 13th 1842 -- /from Specimens rec' alive / from J. Bachman, / J.J.A"; in upper right: "Male.-- / Length of Body 2 Inches 2/12. / Tail--1--" 3/12-- / extent.--9--"--2/12-- / outward distance of Ears 10/12-- / Weight 86 Grains--"; below: "Vespertilio crepuscularis, Le Conte!"; below graphite sketch of ear: "Ear--"
Description: 
Drawings of the back view of a male bat and side view of female bat crawling, from live specimens of the species Audubon called Vespertilio crepuscularis, perhaps the little brown bat. Included on this page is a tiny, very detailed, graphite drawing of the head and ear structure of this bat. Formerly S-16.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group