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American Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) and Blackish Oystercatcher?, Havell plate no. 427
Date: 1838
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, and pastel with scratching out and touches of black ink and gouache on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm) Sheet (paper): 20 3/4 × 28 3/4 in. (52.7 × 73 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.427
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Inscribed: Inscribed at upper center in graphite vertically[partially erased]: "..2…4 / … / usual depth --"; at upper right vertically: "On Some of these Birds-bills / The indentation of their… that / much in opening Shells as well / marked by having scale like / ...from it --"


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