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Barn Owl (Tyto alba), Havell plate no. 171
Date: 1832
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, black chalk, black ink, and gouache with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 53 x 39 in. (134.6 x 99.1 cm) Sheet (paper): 37 11/16 × 25 1/2 in. (95.7 × 64.8 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.171
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in brown ink over earlier graphite[by another hand?]: "Weight 1 lb 6/16 / Length from bill to Tail 16 Inches -- / Do --- Do Do claws -- 19 -- Do -- / Breadth -- 3 feet 6 Inches -- / 3d & 4th Primaries longest -- / New Jersey July 1832 / J.J.A"; birds numbered in graphite lower and upper respectively: "1"; "2"

Gallery Label:

The owls were given to Audubon by Dr. Richard Harlan of Philly; Havell added a night scene for the engraving.

Exhibitions:

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