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Purple Grackle
John James Audubon
Watercolor, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, not dated
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Transfer from the U.S. National Museum

Condition (seen under raking light): Poor handling and storage caused tears, losses, and an overall buckling of the surface.

Treatment: Tears were mended, and the paper was flattened. Losses were filled with inserts and inpainted with pastels.
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