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    Sale 7589

    Sporting Art

    23 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 109

    Sawrey Gilpin, R.A. (1733-1807)

    Hawk killing a bittern

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Sawrey Gilpin, R.A. (1733-1807)
    Hawk killing a bittern
    oil on canvas
    34 1/8 x 45¼ in. (86.7 x 114.9 cm.)


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    The Falconers' Society, later The Falconers' Club, was founded in 1770. Meetings were held every April for kite and crow hawking. In 1783, the establishment consisted of 32 slight falcons (or peregrin), 13 German hawks (goshawks) and 7 Iceland falcons. Colonel Thornton was manager of the club and after George Walpole's death in 1791 the Club was controlled by Lord Berners. The Club later became known as the 'High Ash Club'. Heron hunting continued as a popular sport until the mid-19th Century.

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    Provenance

    Revd. W.E. Torr, Carlett Park, Eastham, Cheshire (according to a label on the reverse).
    E. Everitt, Devon; Christie's, London, 23 February 1951, lot 104, sold as a pair with 'A Hawk killing a Ptarmigan' (4 gns. to Everitt).