The medium of this painting is oil on paper laid down on canvas rather than oil on canvas as stated in the printed catalogue.
James Bourhill flourished in the years 1880-1900, and all the works known by him are dated in the 1880s and a few into the 1890s. He was an enigmatic artist of Scottish descent and worked by studying the animals in The Edinburgh Zoological Gardens and setting them in imaginary landscapes. Only a couple of paintings have humans in them. The Rhino Hunt. He was a Royal Scottish Academician and exhibited several paintings between 1880 and 1887. John Aspinall held a large collection at Aspinalls club, featuring great cats, great apes and other animals. The Hon. Aileen Plunkett at her renowned home Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin had a collection of parrots, flamingoes, frogs, turtles, rabbits and pigeons.