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Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)
Date: 1820
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Medium: Pastel, graphite, watercolor, and black ink on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 23 x 29 in. (58.4 x 73.7 cm) Sheet (paper): 11 5/16 × 17 3/16 in. (28.7 × 43.7 cm)
Description: Winter plumage. Audubon originally called this species the "Cincinnati Gull", but later renamed it "Bonaparte's Gull", in honor of naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803-57).
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.18.26
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in graphite: "No. XXX"; to right in brown ink: "Draw from Nature & from the Living Bird / by John. J. Audubon Cincinnati Ohio Augt. 19. 1820"; at lower center in graphite: "Cincinati Gull ---"; at lower right: "37"


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