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Lithograph of bird species "Buteo calurus"

Lithograph of bird species "Buteo calurus"

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This lithograph of “Buteo calurus [Cassin]," now "Buteo jamaicensis calurus" or Red–tailed hawk, was drawn by an unknown artist and printed as Plate XIV in the zoological report of volume X of Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to ascertain the most practicable and economical route for a railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, “Report of Lieut. E. G. Beckwith, Third Artillery, upon Explorations for a Railroad Route, near the 38th and 39th Parallels of North Latitude, by Captain J. W. Gunnison, Corps of Topographical Engineers, and near the Forty–First Parallel of North Latitude, by Lieut. E. G. Beckwith, Third Artillery.” Though the zoological report was prepared by 1854, the volume was not printed until 1859 by A.O.P. Nicholson in Washington D.C.
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Object Name
Object Type
Hand-Color Lithograph
date on report
date printed in book
original artist
Cassin, John
U.S. War Department
Beckwith, Edward Griffin
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Command
Nicholson, A. O. P.
graphic artist
Bowen & Co.
Place Made
United States: District of Columbia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 18 cm x 23.6 cm; 7 1/16 in x 9 5/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Transcontinental Railroad
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