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

Razor Bill (Plate CCXIV)
Alca Torda

Variant 1. "Painting and plate depict two adults in spring plumage, floating in the sea, with cliffs rising up in the distance. Audubon wrote in his Labrador journal on June 18, 1833: 'We procured about a dozen Alca torda..." (Low, p. 127).

Engraving with hand-coloring, etching, and aquatint, dated 1834, on watermarked J Whatman paper dated 1834, with margins. Plate size 315 x 498 mm (658 x 988 mm sheet). (Light mat burn and toning, faint foxmark in sky, minor handling creases, a few short edge tears and a small edge-chip, some old tape to edges.) Matted and framed. Framed in Baltimore before 1993.

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