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    Sale 7728

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 103

    Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)

    An otter with a fish

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    Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
    An otter with a fish
    signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1912' (lower right)
    pencil and watercolour with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic
    14 1/8 x 18 1/8 in. (35.9 x 46 cm.)

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    Thorburn illustrated two books on mammals, J.G. Millais's The Mammals of Great Britain and Ireland, London, 1904-6 and his own book British Mammals, London, 1920, a companion to British Birds, published five years earlier. His work is particularly admired for its careful attention to detail and the way in which he brings life onto the two-dimensional sheet. Plate 17 in British Mammals illustrates the Common Otter and the accompanying text notes that Thorburn had 'only once seen an Otter abroad during the day, when one passed close to me as he made his way along the banks of a rocky burn in Sutherland.' (A. Thorburn, Thorburn's Mammals, London, 1974, p. 44).

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    The Collection of the late Alfred Shuttleworth; Christie's, London, 5 February 1926, lot 80.