American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis), Havell plate no. 33
Medium: Watercolor, graphite, gouache, and black ink with touches of pastel and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm) Sheet: 18 9/16 × 11 3/4 in. (47.1 × 29.8 cm)
Description: Male above; female below
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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Object Number: 1863.17.33
Inscribed: Erased inscriptions at lower left; birds numbered upper and lower respectively: "1"; "2"
The background flora has been identified as Bull thistle (Cirsiun vulgare).
"John James Audubon's Birds of North America: The Original Watercolors," New-York Historical Society, April 8- September 14, 1985; Audubon, traveling exhibition, 1993-95.