Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus), Havell plate no. 94
Watercolor and graphite with touches of black ink, pastel, and glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 18 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. (47.9 x 29.5 cm), irregular Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Male -- / Fringilla graminea / Bay winged Bunting. -- / Plant Vulgo prickly Pear. --- / J.J.A --"; at lower left of center in brown ink: "Great Egg Harbour. June 26th. -- / J.J.A"; at lower right of center: "Bay-winged Bunting male -- / Fringilla Graminea -- / Plant. Cactus opuntia / Vulgo Prickly Pear."; above in graphite: "Cactus opuntia"; above and right: "No 19. / Plate 94."
The background flora has been identified as Prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa)
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.