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Townsend's Bunting (Emberiza townsendii)?
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, collage, pastel, and black ink with touches of gouache and glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm) Sheet (paper): 20 1/8 × 13 15/16 in. (51.1 × 35.4 cm)
Description: One of Audubon's mystery birds, not associated with any known species.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.18.13
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Inscribed: Inscribed at the lower left in graphite: "No 73[over 4]."; at lower center: "Plate 369.[crossed out] 365 / Townsends Finch"; at lower right in brown ink: "Rosa Laevigata"; above: "The Crop of Bird / not to be noticed / in the Engraving -- "

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The background flora has been identified as Rose (Rosa laevigata).


"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.