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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Havell plate no. 337
Date: 1832-33
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache, scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm) Sheet (paper): 21 9/16 × 29 1/4 in. (54.8 × 74.3 cm)
Description: Adults
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.337
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Marks: Watremark: JWHATMAN / 1830[?] [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at upper left in graphite[cut]: "No 68 --- Plate 337 --- / American Bittern."; at upper left of center: "Male 1. Female 2"; birds numbered back and front respectively: "1"; "2"; at upper right[erased]: "... L... / at / a..."

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Audubon credits this picture to his son, John Woodhouse.

Exhibitions:

"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 2006," New-York Historical Society, March 16-May 7, 2006.