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Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), Study for Havell plate no. 26
Date: ca. 1825
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with scraping and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) Sheet: 29 3/4 × 21 1/4 in. (75.6 × 54 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Lower center bird immature; others adults
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.26
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Marks: Watermark at upper left: JWHATMAN / 181[?] [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No 6 / Plate 26 ---"; at lower left of center: "Carolina Parrot. Males 1. F. 2. Young 3 / Psitacus carolinensis"; at lower right of center: "Plant Vulgo -- Cockle Burr."; at lower right: "The upper Specimen was shot near Bayou Sarah / and appeared So uncommon having 14 Tail feathers all very / distinct and firmly affixed in 14 diferent receptacles that I / drew it more to exhibit one of those astonishing fits of Nature / than any thing else -- it was a female -- / The Green headed is also a singular although not / uncomon a Variety as the above one -- -- / Louisianna -- December --- J.J. Audubon"; birds identified clockwise from lower center: "female"; "Male"; "Female"; "Female N[?] / 14 Tail feathers"; "Male"; "Male[crossed out]"; below: "Young --"; erased inscriptions thoughout

Gallery Label:

The background flora has been identified as Cocklebur (Xanthium sturmarium).

Provenance:

Mrs. John J. (Lucy Bakewell) Audubon

Exhibitions:

Edinburgh Royal Institution, Scotland, 1826.

Lyceum of Natural History, 1839.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, April 11–May 30, 1965.

Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, NY, June 15–July 30, 1965.

"John James Audubon's Birds of North America: The Original Watercolors," New-York Historical Society, April 8–September 14, 1985.

"John James Audubon in Charleston: The Watercolors for the Birds of America," Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, March 31–June 11, 2000.

"Audubon's Aviary," New-York Historical Society, February 15–March 20, 2005.

"Drawn By New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings," New-York Historical Society, September 18, 2008–January 07, 2009.