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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
Date: 1820
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Medium: Pastel, black chalk, watercolor, graphite, black ink, and gouache with touches of scratching out on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm) Sheet (paper): 25 1/2 × 38 5/16 in. (64.8 × 97.3 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Description: Male
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.18.40
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN
Inscribed: Inscribed at middle left vertically in graphite: "No 9. Plate 41 -- / White headed Eagle -- Male -- / Falco-Leucocephalus -- / ...[cut]"; at lower right in two parts in brown ink?, the first gone over in white lead pigment: "White Headed Eagle / Falco Leucocephalus."; "Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon / Little Prairie Mississipi November 24, 182[cut]"; next to tail feathers in graphite: "12"

Gallery Label:

Audubon was dissatisfied with this composition and, while in London in 1828, copied the eagle and replaced the goose with a catfish from another earlier painting.

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 2006," New-York Historical Society, March 16-May 7, 2006.