White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus), Havell plate no. 262
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with scratching out and scraping, and touches of gouache and glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 21 5/8 x 29 5/8 in. (54.9 x 75.2 cm) Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm)
Adult bird with orange bill, above; younger adult with yellow bill, below
Audubon sailed on Lieutenant Day's boat near Florida and the Dry Tortugas for six weeks in the spring of 1832 and was unable to spot any of these birds and had to wait until summer to recieve specimens
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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