About the book
Archibald Thorburn is one of Britain’s best watercolour artists, particularly known for his pictures of birds and mammals placed in beautiful harmonious landscapes. His style of painting represented a step change in wildlife art around the turn of the century and the lifelike renderings of his subjects brought him early fame and fortune. Not only did he produce a prolific number of original watercolours and grisailles, but contributed to scores of natural history books for authors, ornithologists and explorers of the day, also finding time to write and illustrate six of his own. During his career he produced a large number of prints; 200 are listed in this catalogue and it is the main purpose of this book to offer the reader insight into some of the best works Thorburn produced. Whether the reader is an ardent Thorburn collector or has a general interest in countryside pursuits and birdwatching, this book contains some of the best images ever produced by a British artist.
…many others will also appreciate this book’s splendid plates.
Ibis vol 152 issue 1 January 2010
Regarded by many as the best British bird painter there has been, Archibald Thorburn produced a prolific number of scientifically correct lifelike and timeless pieces of art during his lifetime. David Waters, an avid collector of his work, pays homage to such skill by presenting a vast array of Thorburn’s images, ranging from black-and-white drawings to colourful paintings.
Whether a wren or a golden eagle each bird is depicted with immaculate detail and precision. Grouse in flight seemingly whistle across the page, while hunkering ptarmigan appear almost to shiver in their snowy surroundings and a smartly plumaged kingfisher studies the water for his next victim.
This impressive collection acknowledges both his artistic talent and his regard for nature
Mary Skipwirth The Field May 2009
This beautifully produced book….catalogues 203 of his works in colour, from the familiar woodcock, partridge, pheasant and grouse, to the less familiar shooting scenes, as well as images of wildfowl, Highland stags and birds of prey. Without a doubt Thorburn was a master and in this collection David Waters clearly displays his passion for the artist’s work
Alastair Balmain Shooting Times 7 May 2009
He has tracked down 203 original prints and the best are reproduced to a very high standard in this book, so that we can all appreciate the artist’s draughtsmanship and knowledge of birds…This book will be greatly appreciated by modern collectors, but all of us can study these images and appreciate how Thorburn laid down the template for modern-day bird artists.
David Cromack Birds Illustrated Summer 2009