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American Wigeon (Anas americana), Havell plate no. 345
Date: c. 1821
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Medium: Watercolor, oil, pastel, graphite, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 27 x 35 in. (68.6 x 88.9 cm) Sheet (paper): 18 5/16 × 27 13/16 in. (46.5 × 70.6 cm)
Description: Male, left; female, right.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.345
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "Drawn by John J Audubon from Nature / New Orleans 1820"; at lower of lower center: "Weight of Male 1 lb. 12 Oz. / Length to end of tail 20 3/4 In. / Breadth ……… 33 1/2 " / Tail Feathers …… 16 "-- "; at lower center: "American Widgeon / Anas Americana"; below in graphite: partial signature[cut]; at lower right: "Weight of Female 1 lb. 7Oz-- / Length to end of tail 18 1/2 In. / Breadth ………. 31 " / Tail feathers... 16 "-- "

Gallery Label:

In the plate version Havell reversed the position of the two birds, setting the female slightly in front of the male; in the original the male is at left.

Exhibitions:

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