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    Sale 7728

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 104

    Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)

    A polecat, a rabbit and a stoat

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    Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
    A polecat, a rabbit and a stoat
    signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn - 1912' (lower left, partially overmounted)
    pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour and with gum arabic
    14 x 18 1/8 in. (35 x 46 cm.)

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    The present watercolour illustrates the way in which Thorburn utilised his skills in depicting animals, something that he developed most successfully in Thorburn's Mammals. He has chosen to combine the forms of the polecat, rabbit and stoat into a narrative in which the stoat nervously catches the eye of the agressive polecat who possessively stands over his kill.

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    The Collection of the late Alfred Shuttleworth; Christie's, London, 5 February 1926, lot 79.