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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana), Havell plate no. 318
Date: 1821
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 13 13/16 × 21 5/16 in. (35.1 × 54.1 cm)
Description: Foreground, male, winter plumage; left background, diminutive figures of four adults, three in summer plumage.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.318
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Marks: Watermark: TURKEY MILLS / JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at upper left in graphite: "64"; below diagonally: "4th Volume --"; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible

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Havell placed a young avocet in its winter plumage halfway between the birds in the distance and the adult in the foreground; slug replaced by insect.


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