Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator), Havell plate no. 406
Watercolor, graphite, oil, black ink, pastel, and black chalk with scratching out, scraping, and touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 23 1/16 x 37 13/16 in. (58.6 x 96 cm) Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm)
Swans were prized and slaughtered for their feathers, for use as quill pens and powder puffs and other ornamental and pratical uses; Almost extinct at the beginning of the 20th century, conservation measures in the Northwest helped restore the population; Trumpter swan now rarely seen on the Missouri river where Audubon observed one in 1843
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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