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Great Tern

19th century
502 x 386 mm (19.8 x 15.2 in.)

Robert Havell, Jr. (aka Robert Havell), American, (1793–1878)
After John James Audubon, American, (1785–1851)

Object Type: matrix
Medium and Support: Copper plate with engraving, etching, and aquatint
Edition: Number 62, plate 309
Marks: Inscribed in plate, lower right: “Engraved, Printed, and Coloured by R. Havell, 1833”; inscribed in plate, lower left: “Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon, F.R.S./F.L.S.”; inscribed in plate, center left: “Great Tern Sterna Hirundo”; inscribed in plate, left: “Male Spring Plumage”; inscribed in plate, upper left: “no. 62”; inscribed in plate, upper right: “Plate CCCIX”
Provenance / Collectors' Marks: Thomas R. Pickering, Portland, CT
Bibliography: On Audubon’s copper plates by Havell, see Fries, Double Elephant… (1973), pp. 390–398; Morgan in Print Quarterly, vol. 4 (December 1987), p. 376, n. 23,
Credit Line: Biology Department transfer, 1964
Accession Number: 1964.23.2a

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  • American Studies
  • animals - This section can use more hierarchical (quasi-Linnaean) refinement in future; extant terms were assembled into a fairly flat and slightly redundant structure to expedite conversion.
  • birds
  • matrices

  • plate Dimensions: 502 x 386 mm (19.8 x 15.2 in.)

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