Wood Stork (Mycteria americana), Havell plate no. 216
Watercolor, oil, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and graphite with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 38 3/16 x 25 13/16 in. (97 x 65.6 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Inscribed at upper right along contour of bird in graphite, inverted: "Length from point of Bill to end of Tail 3 feet 8 1/2 Inches -- / " -- to end of claws 15 more Inches -- / Alars extent 5 feet 2 Inches -- / Weight 11 pounds 3/4 -- Avoir du poids / Male Bird April 17th --"[inscription added while working in sky]
Background filled in several years later
Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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