25 June 2004
The Bird of Washington, or Great American Sea Eagle (Plate 11)
Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Engraved by R. Havell, Junr. Printed & Coloured by R. Havell, Senr.
Hand-colored engraving with etching, on J Whatman Turkey Mill dated 1827, 1¼-in. tear on left margin edge, 1-in. tears on upper and lower margin edges, several smaller tears at margin extremes, some minor surface soiling at edges, few pale foxmarks, otherwise in fine condition.
Plate: 38 3/16 x 25 1/16 in. (970 x 636 mm)
Sheet: 39¼ x 26¼ in. (996 x 666 mm)
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