This item is plate 16 from Audubon’s The Birds of America; from Original Drawings, London: Published by the Author, 1827-1838. It is a single framed plate from that work. The item measures about 37.75 x 24.50 inches in the frame. It is a hand-colored engraving, etching, and aquatint. The work contains a male and female Peregrine Falcon eating a Green-Winged Teal and Gadwal. The print bears a variety of marginalia: upper left, “No. 4”; upper right, “PLATE 16 [Arabic]”; lower left, “Drawn from Nature and Published by John J. Audubon. F.R.S.E. M.W.S.”; lower right “Engraved, Printed & Coloured by R. Havell & Son London.”
The hand-colored, engraved plates, which comprise The Birds of America, are based on original watercolors painted by Audubon. Three engravers are credited with collaborating with Audubon to produce the finished project. They are William H. Lizars (1788-1859), Robert Havell, Sr. (1769-1832), and Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878).