Study of a Bat
Watercolor, pastel, and graphite, with touches of black ink and selective glazing on paper
overall:: 12 1/2 x 15 in. ( 31.8 x 38.1 cm )
Inscribed at upper center in graphite: "Fig. 1. female."; at upper right: “The Young late in July, Stil hang to the / Dam although almost as large as herself -- / They both (for she had only two) were already / black above and beneath, and could not have / been recognized as appertaining to the Same / Species had it not been for the form of / the Ears! -- / The Specimen were found / in the same location, the heave [sic] / of an outhouse, to which they had access through a small apperture. / July 31st, 1841 New Jersey, found by J. Cozzens. JJA" inscription: "10 vertebrae in the tail"
This female mother bat was observed by Audubon living in the eaves of an outhouse in New Jersey. She was raising two young bats, probably males, as Audubon described them as much darker but with the same ear structures as the female. View from below. Formerly S-21.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.