ARCHIBALD THORBURN (1860 - 1935)
'HERD OF RED DEER'
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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Limited Edition Print (6/850)
Limited Edition Print
600 mm x 380 mm
780mm x 560mm
Impressive large limited Edition Print (6/850) of a Herd of Red Deer by Archibald Thorburn, lovely double mount, dark brown and cream with gilt frame
Archibald Thorburn 1860 - 1935 was a Scottish artist and animal painter and bird illustrator, painting mostly in watercolour. He regularly visited Scotland to sketch birds in the wild, his favourite haunt being the Forest of Gaick near Kingussie in Invernesshire. His widely reproduced images of British wildlife, with their evocative and dramatic backgrounds, are enjoyed as much today as they were by sportsmen and birdlovers of a century ago. Archibald Thorburn was destined to become Britain’s, and some would say the world’s, greatest wildlife artist of all time. Even by the age of 30 in 1890 he was regarded as the best to have been seen in Britain, and that reputation has remained intact and unchallenged ever since. Thorburn’s pictures, unlike many of the period, remain free from sentimentality, his creatures restless, wild and free. With deft touch and great economy, he cleverly captured the rigours of life in the countryside, be it by mountain tarn or lowland stubble.
Today, some now a 100 years old, his pictures remain just as bright and fresh as when painted, simply timeless in their accuracy, charm and appeal. In his day one could number the recognised bird artists upon the fingers on one hand.
Now, with a hundred or even more known names, remarkably his work still stands clear of the field, quietly and with distinction, withstanding the bombardment of competition in which, in order to attract the eye of the beholder (and thereby a potential purchaser), a veritable galaxy of artistic gymnastics of style, gimmickry and novelty have been employed.
Archibald Thorburn’s painting was his passion as well as his profession. He told the truth about our countryside with paint upon paper, simply and as well as he knew how. Such an approach, in the hands of such a knowledgeable and skilful technician ensured success. Indeed, life eternal.