Edinburgh,The Assembly Rooms
30 October 2003
Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)
Capercaillie on a Scot's Pine
signed and dated 'A.Thorburn/1926.' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
13 x 9 5/8 in. (33 x 24.5 cm.)
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, Gleneagles, 28 August 1990, lot 752 (sold £14,300).
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J. Southern, Thorburn's Landscape, London, 1981, p. 54, illustrated.
John Southern says of this picture (loc.cit.) that 'The technique is typical of Thorburn's illlustrative work: the birds freely finished and not overlaboured... the quick generalisation of the background, whilst accurately indicating the habitat of the species, forms a subdued backcloth to the birds themselves.'
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