Peacock and Peacock Butterfly signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1917.' (lower right) watercolour and bodycolour 87.5 x 111cm (34 7/16 x 43 11/16in).
PROVENANCE: Commissioned by Vincent V. Vickers Esq. c.1914 Philip Rickman Thorburn Museum, Liskeard, Cornwall Sale, Sothebys London, Works by Archibald Thorburn from the Thorburn Museum, 31 March 1993, lot 76
LITERATURE: Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1986, illus opposite p. 72.
'of all his pictures...the most daring was a gigantic one...of a peacock in full display in front of a red rhododendron in full bloom; a gorgeous sunset and woodland as the background and, in the bottom lefthand corner, a peacock butterfly. My memory may be at fault as regards to the details, but I remember the whole as a riot of colour; it was in no way dipleasing but was both magnificent and accurate'
Hugh S. Gladstone, Scottish Nationalist, Archibald Thorburn obituary, January 1936