Cock and Hen Pheasant in the Undergrowth
Archibald Thorburn (1860 – 1935) was a Scottish artist and bird illustrator, painting mostly in watercolor. He regularly sketched birds in the wild.
He is acknowledged as one of the greatest painters of birdlife of all time. He acquired the ability to create his minutely detailed paintings, with their evocative and dramatic backgrounds. He sketched from a very early age.
Archibald Thorburn painted birds, animals and flowers but he specialized in the study of game birds. He had a tremendous knowledge of ornithology.
He first exhibited at the Royal Academy at the age of 20, and was a regular figure there throughout the 1880s and 1890s. At the end of the 1890s he became disillusioned with the Academy and exhibited instead at A Baird Carter.
His skill, artistic talent and scientific observation ensured that Archibald Thorburn was recognized as one of the leading artists of his time.
A Frosty Dawn
English Partridge in Flight
Bluetits on a Teasel
Greenland or Gyr Falcon
Old English Pheasant
Pintail Teal and Wigeon on the Seashore
Red Grouse on the Moor
Woodcock Nesting on a Beach
British wildlife, birds. Young blackbird washing in a puddle.
Sweet, sweet funny birdy!