Plate Reference #66
Audubon saw several flocks of American flamingos in the Florida Keys in
1832, and he was exceedingly anxious to obtain a specimen from which he
could make a painting. While in London, he wrote repeatedly to his friend
Bachman in Charleston asking fro one. On August 14, 1837, he wrote: P.S.
Pray send us whatever Captain Coste may have collected for me round the
Floridas; and I hope that you will also have some flamingos from Matenzas
for me. Then, on October 31, he wrote again: As to flamingos their eggs
etc I fear this is up for me; and this proves tome now that I was a great
fool not to have gone to Cuba, or sent a person there expressly. On
December 28 of that year, he insisted once more, When will the flamingoes
come??? He finally obtained specimens from Cuba and made this drawing in
London in 1838.
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