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Audubon's Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri), Havell plate no. 299
Date: 1826; c. 1835
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, black ink, and pastel[?] on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 13 3/4 × 20 3/8 in. (34.9 × 51.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.299
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower center in graphite: "Please Show the Legs & feet as much as you can / through the transparency of the Water, which I should / Like you to have as in the Razor billed Auk! / You may have distant rocky shores --"

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Painting ca. 1835 based on a pencil sketch made on June 26, 1826; Havell completed the composition according to Audubon's instructions.


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