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Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus vociferus), Havell plate no. 82; sketch of a foot
Date: c. 1827-30
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Medium: Watercolor, pastel, black chalk, gouache, black ink, and graphite with selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm) Sheet: 28 7/8 × 21 9/16 in. (73.3 × 54.8 cm)
Description: Males, above; females, below pursuing a Cecropia Moth (Hylophora cecropia) of the family Saturnia; and an Io moth (Automeris io).
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.82
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN / 182[7?] [reversed]
Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in brown ink: "No 17. Plate 82. / Drawn from Nature & Puplished / by / John. J. Audubon F.R.S. F.LS. & c"; at lower leftt of center: "Caprimulgus vociferus / Whip-poor-will. Male 1. F. 2. 3 / quercus tinctoria / Vulgo Black Oak."; various inscriptions counterclockwise from lower right: "foot"[next to sketch]; "Male"; "Saturnia Cecropia"; "Male / Bombyx? Io?"; birds numbered clockwise from top: "1."; "2"; "3."

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The background flora has been identified as Red Oak (Quercus borealis) or Black Oak (Quercus velutina).


"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 2005," New-York Historical Society, February 15-March 20, 2005.