Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
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Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)

Pheasant in the snow

Details
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
Pheasant in the snow
signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1909' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic on paper
19 ½ x 30 7/8 in. (49.5 x 78.5 cm)
Provenance
Kenneth L.C. Prescott, and by descent.
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Lot Essay

Thorburn was the best-known ornithological artist of his time. The son of a portrait miniaturist, his earliest work was illustrating W. F. Swaysland's Familiar Wild Birds, soon followed by his plates for Lord Lilford’s extraordinarily wide-ranging publication Coloured figures of the Birds of the British Islands, published in seven volumes between 1885 and 1898. Much influenced by Joseph Wolf, and his insistence on studying birds from life, Thorburn spent most of his time sketching in the field, and his large scale watercolours have a remarkable immediacy and sense of movement as a result of this. His game birds in flight, such as this one, were particularly popular with the great shots of the early 20th Century, including Edward VII and George V.
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