Studies of Two Bats and a Bat Head; verso diagrams of comparative measurements
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing and scratching out on paper
overall:: 19 x 11 7/8 in. ( 48.3 x 30.2 cm )
Inscribed in graphite at the upper right: “Drawn from the Life! / Female New York, Oct.r --29th 1841. / Rhinopoma carolinensis. Geoff. / Dysopes obscurus. -- Femmin 16[?] -- / Nycticea cynocephala Le Conte. / Molussus cynocephlus, Cooper. / Molussus fuliginosus, Cooper.-- / Nix! And & Bach !!!.”; lower right: “Male. –“; lower left under graphite sketch of head: “head nearly profile,”; verso vertically along left margin: "Extent of wings stretched out" (line of measurement); over diagram: "to end
Front view of male and view of female hanging of the bat Audubon called the Carolina bat. A tiny, very detailed, close-up graphite sketch of the bat's head in profile is included on this sheet. Formerly S-18.
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