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Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
Date: 1822
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, and oil with touches of gouache and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 41 x 31 in. (104.1 x 78.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 28 9/16 × 20 7/16 in. (72.5 × 51.9 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New Orleans
Description: Male in front; female, behind.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.18.34
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "Length 2 11/12 - / Breadth - 3 11/12-- / Tail feathers 12 - / Weight -- 2 15/16--"; below in brown ink: "Length 2 11/12 feet / Breadth 3 11/12 / 12 Tail feathers / Weight -- 2 15/16 lb"; at lower center: "Black Bellied Darter or Snake Bird / Plotus Melanogaster / Bec a Lancette Common name"; below in graphite: "63[cut]"; along branch at lower right in brown ink: "Drawn by John J. Audubon from Nature / New Orleans 1822"; at middle right in graphite: "Bec à Lancette / Louisianna -"

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 2005," New-York Historical Society, February 15-March 20, 2005.