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Arctic loon (Gavia arctica), Havell plate no. 346
Date: c. 1834
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black ink, black chalk, and gouache with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm) Sheet (paper): 25 5/16 × 38 3/16 in. (64.3 × 97 cm)
Description: Young, winter plumage, center; adults, summer plumage, left and right
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.346
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "J.J.A. No 70 -- Plate 346"; at lower center: "Black-throated Diver / Colymbus arcticus, Linn. 1 Adult male Spring plumage -- 2 female, 3 Young first Autumn"; birds numbered from left to right: "1"; "3"; "2"

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Watercolor perhaps from a drawing of 1820 with specimens collected in England.

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.