John James Audubon, 1834
AUDUBON, John James (1785-1851), after. – HAVELL, Robert (1793-1878).

Chuck-will’s Widow (Plate LII)
Caprimulgus Carolinensis

Variant 2. "Depicts a male, above, and a female, below, on dead tree limbs showing aggression towards a snake twining along the upper limb. Audubon correctly identified the Harlequin Snake (as the Coral Snake was then called) but he erred when he wrote that it was 'harmless.'" (Low). Audubon's original painting is dated, "Natchez, May 7, 1822." Havell added the flowering vine to the composition of the plate. Low, p. 59.

Engraving with hand-coloring, etching, and aquatint, on watermarked J Whatman paper dated 1834, with margins. Plate size 657 x 522 mm (956 x 630 mm sheet). (Pale mat toning and a little wear/soiling to edges, Matted and framed.

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