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Blue-headed Quail-Dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala), Havell plate no. 172
Date: 1832
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Medium: Watercolor, graphite, pastel, gouache, and black ink with scratching out and selective glazing on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 31 x 41 in. (78.7 x 104.1 cm) Sheet (paper): 20 5/8 × 27 3/16 in. (52.4 × 69.1 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.172
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Marks: Watermark: JWHATMAN / 1830
Inscribed: Inscribed at upper right in brown ink: "The flesh resemble that of our little Partridge / so very much in taste that one would Suppose it / to be the same if unknown -- the nest of thi[cut] / Species is rough and not much like that of the / Genus generally Speaking-"; below in graphite: "72"; birds numbered from right to left: "1"; "2"; "2"

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The background flora has been identified as Wild poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla) on the right.


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