30 September 1997
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
A Pair of Red-crested Pochards
signed 'A. Thorburn.' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour, heightened with touches of white and gum arabic
7 x 10 in. (17.7 x 25.4 cm.)
with the Morland Gallery Ltd., London.
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Lord Lilford, Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands, London, 1885-1897, vol. VII, pl. 43.
Lord Lilford wrote: 'A very rare visitor to our islands, which lie far to the north of its habitual range. The bird loves deep quiet waters and is a very fine diver. The usual winter cry resembles that of most of the better known Fuligulae, a rattling croak, but the pairing note of the male is a low whistle that I have frequently heard from pinioned birds on the ponds at Lilford.'
This lot is sold unframed.
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