Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), Havell plate no. 1
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)
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
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.