On the stooks - Blackgame signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn /1902' (lower left) watercolour and bodycolour 53 x 73.5cm (20 7/8 x 28 15/16in).
PROVENANCE: Thorburn Museum, Liskeard, Cornwall Sale, Sotheby's London, Works by Archibald Thorburn from the Thorburn Museum, 31 March 1993, lot 33
LITERATURE: John Southern, Thorburns's Landscape, The Major Natural History Paintings, Elm Tree Books, London 1981, illus opposite p. 34. Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1986, illus opposite p. 58.
This work may have been inspired by Joseph Farquharson's Highland Raiders 1900. Also widely reproduced as an engraving, the work shows grouse in a harvest field at dusk.