John Southern, Thorburn's Landscape, London, 1981 says of a related work entitled The Lost Stag 'Sailing effortlessly over a host of high hill-tops and gliding along the verticle cliff faces and through misty glens the Golden Eagle chances upon his bounty.... Wounded but not killed outright in the chase, he fled wildly, losing the sportsmen in the mists and finally succumbing to the fatal injury. Having circled the scene to take stock of the situation, the eagle at last swings in and lands upon a nearby boulder, posturing aggressively lest any other predator should have intentions upon his prize.
Exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894 this depiction of the grandeur and bleakness of the highlands shows Thorburn's skill not only in the painting of the bird and animal but in his observation of the surrounding mountains and sky. This exhibit at the Royal Academy was followed in 1898 with The Home of the Golden Eagle and in 1899 by The Lost Stag. Thorburn exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1880-1900.