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Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana), Havell plate no. 64

Object Number: 
1863.17.64
Date: 
c. 1812; c. 1825
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Paper: 18 9/16 x 12 in. (47.1 x 30.5 cm) Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 13. Plate 64. / Published / 1829. --"; below: "Drawn from Nature by Lucy Audubon, / Mr Havell will please have Lucy Audubon names / on this plate instead of mine. ---"; at lower center: "Swamp Sparrow Male -- / Spiza palustris / Plant Vulgo May Apple -- / Podophyllum peltatum"; at lower right [crossed out]: "Plant Podophyllum peltatum"
Description: 
Male
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as Mandrake, Mandragora or May apple (Podophyllum peltatum); bird probably painted ca. 1812; plant probably painted ca. 1825
Credit Line: 
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group