Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)

Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935)

Grouse in Flight 1926 

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Watercolour, 33 x 55cm Signed: A. Thorburn

Archibald Thorburn is one of the most well known names in British Sporting Art. Famous for his detailed and accurate paintings of wild birds and of Deer. His original works are hard to come by and sought after by collectors around the world. A great many of his paintings have been reproduced as prints. 

Thorburn was a Scottish illustrator and painter, working primarily in watercolour. He was the fifth son of Robert Thorburn (1818-1885), portrait miniaturist to Queen Victoria. In 1887 Archibald Thorburn was commissioned to illustrate Lord Lilford's 'Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Isles' and this firmly established his reputation as a painter of birds. He illustrated numerous natural history, wildlife and sporting books, including his own, and regularly scoured the Scottish Highlands sketching and painting wild birds against the evocative and dramatic landscapes.