Inscription

upper left in black ink: Leach; to the right of the earsof the hare, left to right respectively: 2. / 1.

Provenance

The artist [1785-1851]; probably by inheritance to his son, John Woodhouse Audubon [1812-1862], Salem, New York; probably John Woodhouse Audubon's second wife, Caroline Hall Audubon [1811-1899], Salem, New York; probably their son, William Bakewell Audubon [1847-1932], Australia; by inheritance to his son, Leonard Benjamin Audubon [1888-1951], Sydney, Australia; sold 1950 to E.J.L. Hallstrom [1886-1970], Sydney, Australia; gift 1951 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1951
Audubon as an Animal Painter [Third Audubon Centennial Exhibition], National Audubon Society, New York, 1951, no. 17, as "Polar Hare" (Arctic), by John James Audubon.
1951
Audubon Paintings and Prints from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1951.
1954
[John James Audubon exhibition for the benefit of the Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine], Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1954.
1967
National Gallery Loan Exhibition, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1967, no. 8.
1981
Two Hundred Years of American Paintings, 1700-1900, Inaugural Exhibition, The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia, 1981, no. 8.
Bibliography
1965
Munson-Williams-Proctor & P. Morgan Lib., AUDUBON WC & DRWGS., Utica, NY?: 1965, 89.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 10, repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 21, repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 394, no. 563, color repro.
2000
Boehme, Sarah E. John James Audubon in the West: The Last Expedition, Mammals of North America. New York, 2000: 160, repro.