John James Audubon

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John James Audubon
1785-1851
Northern Gray Squirrel: Male and female. Verso: Sketch of squirrel tails
Watercolor, opaque watercolor and graphite on cream wove paper.
34 3/8 x 23 15/16 inches (873 x 605 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan in 1910.
1976.12:5

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Inscribed in graphite at lower left, "Sciurus leucotis (crossed out) / Old male in Hickory-Nuts Pine- / New York Octr 16th 1841". Inscribed at lower right, "1 - Old Male / 2 - female / 3 - young".
Provenance: 
Theodore Irwin; from whom purchased in 1910 by J. Pierpont Morgan (see Lugt 1509).
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Preparatory study for Plate 35 of "The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America," 1845-1848.

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