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American Avocet

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American Avocet

Artist: John James Audubon (American, 1785 - 1851)

Lithographer: John T. Bowen (1801 - 1856)

Date: c. 1839
Medium: lithograph on white wove paper, hand-colored
Octavo: 10 3/4 × 6 7/8 inches (27.3 × 17.5 cm)
Classification: Prints
Inscribed: No. 71. (upper left); Pl. 353. (upper right); Lithd. Printed & Cold. by J.T. Bowen. Phila. (lower right); C.P./ American Avocet/ Young in first Winter Plumage. Adult in the Distance. (lower center); Drawn from Nature by J.J. Audubon F.R.S.F.L.S. (lower left) 15 27 (upper left); 21 full as [illegible] (upper center); Amanda S. Shewell [illegible] (lower left, reverse)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number:
Accession Number: 1965.1.126.ES
Previous Number: 11.1.7.ES
Label Text:Pattern plates were guides for the colorists. The individual colorists who worked in printmaking firms were usually anonymous. Many of them may have been women. The inscription on the reverse of this plate is likely the signature of the colorist: Amanda Sherwell. Her name appears on other plates. She has a middle initial, possibly S. or E. Her last name could be Shewell.
Provenance: Purchased September 11, 1957 through (Nada Kramar, Washington, D.C.) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
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