23 May 2008
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
Killed as he reaches cover
signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1906' (lower left) and inscribed 'killed as he reaches cover' (on the reverse)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum arabic
20 x 31 1/8 in. (50.8 x 79 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 31 March 1993, lot 75.
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J. Southern, Thorburn's Landscape, The Major Natural History Paintings, London, 1981, pp. 46-47, pl. XV.
J. Southern, Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, Newton Abbott, 1986, pp. 60-61.
For a note on the artist see lot 26.
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