30 September 1997,
Price realised GBP 3,680
GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
A Pair of Quail
signed 'A.Thorburn.' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
6 x 8½ in. (15.2 x 21.6 cm.)
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Lord Lilford wrote: 'I must confess that in my younger days I have eagerly pursued and shot many Quail on their spring passage, but I repent of this, as every bird killed at that time of year entails the loss of a bevy and, in my opinion, thay are hardly worth the trouble of cooking. The males are proverbially pugnacious, hot-blooded and amorous to a very extraordinary degree.'
with the Keyser Gallery, Cirencester.
Lord Lilford, Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands, London, 1885-1897, vol. IV, pl. 54.
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