Blackcocks at the Lek signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1901.' (lower left) watercolour and bodycolour 36.5 x 53.5cm (14 3/8 x 21 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Thorburn Museum, Liskeard, Cornwall Sale, Sotheby's London, Works by Archibald Thorburn from the Thorburn Museum, 31 March 1993, lot 48
LITERATURE: Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1986, illus opposite p. 46.
'The silence of the dawn, advancing slowly across a Scottish hillside, is broken by the buffeting of blackcock at the lek. Two males display and spar, watched over by a nearby female, or greyhen as she is called. Another male, perhaps attracted by the dispute, drifts in from an adjoining hillside hollow to stake his particular claim with the ladies of the morning'
Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1986 p. 46