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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Havell plate no. 336

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Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, collage, black chalk, and gouache with touches of white lead pigment[?], scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Paper: 35 3/4 x 25 7/16 in. (90.8 x 64.6 cm) Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 57 -- / 281"; at upper right: "Weight of Young / 1 lb 7 ozes -- / Interior of the bill / Greenish Yellow -- / Nictated Membrane / Weight -- 1 lb 7 1/2 o.zes / Sex -- Male -- Gut the size[cut] / a raven's quill very long. --"; at middle right: "Male adult Spring plumage 1. / Young in October 2."
Adult male, below; immature, above
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The background flora has been identified as Smilax (Smilax pseudo-china) and was painted by Maria Martin
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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