Band-tailed Pigeon (Columba fasciata), Havell plate no. 367Related People:
Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, black ink, and collage with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 35 x 27 in. (88.9 x 68.6 cm) Sheet (paper): 26 11/16 × 20 5/8 in. (67.8 × 52.4 cm)
Description: Male, above; female, below.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
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Object Number: 1863.17.367
Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN / [?] [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 74. / Plate 367."; at lower left of center: "J.J.A"; at lower center: "Band-tailed Pigeon. 1 male, 2. Female. / Columba fasciata, Say. / Nuttall's Cornel / Cornus Nuttalli, Aud."; at lower right of center in graphite: "Band Tailed Pigeon -- / Columba fasciata --"; birds numbered in brown ink lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"; graphite line at upper edge to indicate to the engraver the framing on copper plate
The background flora has been identified as Mountain dogwood (Cornus nuttallii); this flora was new to science when Audubon described it in the text. He named it for its discoverer, the distinguished British-American botanist and ornithologist Thomas Nuttall.
"John James Audubon's Birds of North America: The Original Watercolors," New-York Historical Society, April 8- September 14, 1985.