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THE BIRD OF WASHINGTON, OR GREAT AMERICAN SEA EAGLE (PLATE 11)
THE BIRD OF WASHINGTON, OR GREAT AMERICAN SEA EAGLE (PLATE 11)

Falco Washingtoniensis--Male

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THE BIRD OF WASHINGTON, OR GREAT AMERICAN SEA EAGLE (PLATE 11)
Falco Washingtoniensis--Male
engraving with aquatint and hand-coloring, 1827, on J Whatman dated 1827, trimmed within platemark at the left and right margins, closely trimmed at the top and bottom margins, with central horizontal fold (reinforced on reverse), pale offsetting, minor surface soiling, some soft handling creases, two small (½ inch) repaired tears at the bottom and right margins edges

The American national bird, an immature specimen. Audubon was confused by the dark head plumage of the immature Bald Eagle and believed it to be another species. He named it after the "savious of his country... If America has reason to be proud of her Washington, so has she to be proud of her Great Eagle."
S. 387/8 x 25¾ in. (987 x 654 mm.)
Fries' first variant
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