John James Audubon

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John James Audubon
1785-1851
Eastern Gray Squirrel. Verso: Sketch of a tail with inscriptions
Watercolor and graphite, with opaque watercolor, on cream wove paper; verso: graphite.
36 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches (936 x 615 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1910.
1976.12:2
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Inscribed in graphite at lower right, "No 4. Plate 17 / Taily truly dist...(?) / Siurus inereus. - / Cat Squirrel - Fig 1. Fig. 2 Red, .. is var. F.d. - / Blackill Veni (?) / New York Dec 9th 1841 / J.J.A."
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Theodore Irwin; from whom purchased in 1910 by J. Pierpont Morgan (see Lugt 1509).
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J. Whatman, Turkey Mill (date cut away).
Preparatory study for Plate 17 of "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America", 1845-1848.

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