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Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis), Havell plate no. 329; sketch of a feather

Object Number: 
1863.17.329
Date: 
1821
Medium: 
Oil, graphite, watercolor, black ink, and pastel on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: 
Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 11 7/8 in. × 18 in. (30.2 × 45.7 cm)
Marks: 
Watermark: JWHATMAN / 183[?] [reversed]
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "...1821-"; at lower center[erased]: "Striated[?] Rail--"; at lower right in brown ink: "New York Rail. / Rallus (Crex) noveboracensis."; at upper right: "Female Bird. -- / Tail feathers 10. / Length. From point of bill to end of Tail 6. 3/4 Inches / Total Length to end of claws -- 8. 3/4. " / Breadth -- 11. -- " / Weight 2. onces. -- / Gizzard Large muscular, filled with Shellfish / minute & Gravel. -- Bird very fat. -- Eggs pure white. / Ready to Lay on Dec.r 21. near New Orleans! / 1821."; below in graphite: "39"; erased inscriptions cover left side and lower register
Description: 
Female
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