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American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), Havell plate no. 311
Date: ca. 1831-32
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black chalk with touches of black ink, scratching out, and scraping on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm) Sheet (paper): 37 in. × 25 1/16 in. (94 × 63.7 cm)
Description: Adult, summer plumage
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.311
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN / 183[?]

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Preliminary drawing with background and possibly bird done by Lehman; horizontal format; head facing outward, not profile (1863.18.36).


"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.