Study of a Bat and a Bat Ear
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with selective glazing on paper
Overall: 8 1/4 x 12 in. ( 21 x 30.5 cm )
Inscribed at upper center over bat in graphite: “length of Tail. [over line measuring 1 5/8 inches] / Male. 7 Vertebral joints forming the tail"; below bat: "Carolina Bat. -- Male. / Vespertilio Carolinensis?”; at center left below ear: “Ear, seen / full view.”; at lower right: “Caught at Hoboken N. Jersey / August 8th and Drawn 9th 1841-- / J. J. A.”
Audubon drew a side view of this bat lying face down on a board crawling in a very active pose. The inscriptions describe its live capture in Hoboken, New Jersey. Audubon was unsure of the classification of this bat- he inserted a questionmark after the Latin name 'carolinenis'. A tiny detailed graphite drawing of the ear structure is included on this sheet. Formerly S-29.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.