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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus), Havell plate no. 223
Date: 1821
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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
Object Number: 1863.17.223
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in gray ink: "Drawn by J.J.Audubon from Nature."; at lower center: "Pied Oyster Catcher. Male"

Gallery Label:

Two ships in background not included in engraving. This picture may actually represent an Old World oystercatcher rather than the American bird.

Exhibitions:

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