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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Havell plate no. 11
Date: 1822
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Medium: Watercolor, collage, black ink, graphite, pastel, and white lead pigment with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm) Sheet: 38 3/8 × 23 11/16 in. (97.5 × 60.2 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New Orleans
Description: Immature male. Audubon originally thought this bird was an adult of an eagle species distinct from the Bald Eagle and named it in honor of George Washington.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.11
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Marks: Mount watermark: JWHATMAN [1830s]
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left on a diagonal in three parts in black ink: "SEA EAGLE / FALCO Ossifragus"; "Drawn from Nature / by / John. J. Audubon / New Orleans 1822."; "Male. / Total Length 3 feet 6 1/2 /12 / Breadth -- 10 " -- 1/12 / Weight -- 14lb[#?] 12/16."

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: Something Old, Something Borrowed, But Most Things New," New-York Historical Society, February 13-April 5, 2009.