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Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor), Havell plate no. 217
Date: 1832
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, white lead pigment, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm) Sheet (paper): 21 1/2 × 29 1/2 in. (54.6 × 74.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Adult, breeding plumage.
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.217
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN / 183[?]
Inscribed: Inscribed at upper center in graphite[erased]: "no spots of White over..."; verso inscriptions in brown ink illegible

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The background flora has been identified as Royal palms (Roystonea elata).

Exhibitions:

Edinburgh, Royal Institution, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1826; Lyceum of Natural History, 1839; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY, April 11 - May 30, 1965; The Pierpont Morgan Library, NYC, June 15- July 30, 1965.; "John James Audubon's Birds of North America: The Original Watercolors," New-York Historical Society, April 8- September 14, 1985.