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Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), Havell plate no. 31
Date: 1828
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache, scratching out, and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 39 x 53 in. (99.1 x 134.6 cm) Sheet: 25 7/16 × 38 5/16 in. (64.6 × 97.3 cm)
Place made: Europe, England, London
Description: Male, adult plumage, feeding on a catfish.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.31
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Inscribed: Inscribed at middle right in brown ink[on rock]: "White-headed Eagle Male adult / Falco Leucocephalus. -- "; at lower right: "Drawn from Nature by / John. J. Audubon / Little Prairie / Mississipi River"

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This watercolor is a copy of Audubon himself made of an earlier painting, 1820, in which the eagle is feeding on a Canadian goose.

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.

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