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Henslow's Sparrow (Centronyx henslowii), Havell plate no. 70; detail of a bird tail
Date: 1820
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Medium: Watercolor, pastel, graphite, gouache, pastel, black chalk, and selective outlining with a stylus on paper, laid on card
Dimensions: Mat: 29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm) Sheet: 17 1/4 × 11 1/8 in. (43.8 × 28.3 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Cincinnati
Credit Line: Purchased for the Society by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon
Object Number: 1863.17.70
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Inscribed: Inscribed at lower left in brown ink under tail sketch: "Shape of Tail"; below: "Drawn at Cincinnati April 12th 1820 / by John. J. Audubon --"; at lower center [over erased inscriptions]: "Henslow's Bunting / Ammodramus Henslowii -- / 1 Spigelia marilandica / 2 Phlox aristata"; at lower right: "No. 14 Plate 70 / Published / 1829. --"; flowers numbered upper and lower: "1"; "2"

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The background flora has been identified as Rose vervain (Verbena canadensis) and Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica).


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