American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Havell plate no. 223
Medium: Watercolor, graphite, gouache, 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): 14 7/16 × 22 5/8 in. (36.7 × 57.5 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Adult male
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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Object Number: 1863.17.223
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn by J.J.Audubon from Nature."; at lower center: "Pied Oyster Catcher. Male"
Two ships in background not included in engraving. This picture may actually represent an Old World oystercatcher rather than the American bird.
"John James Audubon's Birds of North America: The Original Watercolors," New-York Historical Society, April 8- September 14, 1985.