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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), Havell plate no. 142
Date: 1829
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, and black ink with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) Sheet (paper): 29 3/8 × 21 1/8 in. (74.6 × 53.7 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Females, above and left; male, lower right.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.142
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Inscribed: Birds numbered in graphite lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"

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The background flora has been identified as Butternut (Juglans cinerea).


"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.

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