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American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica); two studies of a foot, Havell plate no. 300
Date: c. 1815; c. 1830
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, collage, black ink, and pastel with touches of glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 14 9/16 × 21 11/16 in. (37 × 55.1 cm)
Description: Greater Golden-Plover, below right and possibly above right; Lesser Golden-Plover, left.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.300
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Inscribed: Inscribed at middle left in graphite[erased]: "Extend the … / of the eye as marked / here! --- "; at lower center[erased]: "…ground and put distant mountains"; birds numbered counterclockwise from the lower right: "1"; "2"; "3"; erased inscriptions at lower center

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Birds on left ca. 1815; birds on right ca. 1830; for the Havell plate the bird in flight was moved forward and the bird on the left was turned to face opposite direction and a landscape was added to the plate.


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