Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Havell plate no. 1

Object Number: 
c. 1825
Watercolor, black ink, graphite, pastel, collage, and gouache with touches of metallic pigment and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 39 7/16 x 26 3/8 in. (100.2 x 67 cm) Mat: 52 x 38 in. (132.1 x 96.5 cm)
Adult male
Gallery Label: 
The background flora has been identified as cane (Arundinaria gigantea or Arundinaria); Originally engraved by William H. Lizars in Edinburgh, Scotland and later retouched by Havell; Rescued from a fire that nearly destroyed all of the plates in 1845; Wild turkey lost out to the Bald eagle as America's national symbol
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