Winter Woodcock signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1916.' (lower right) watercolour and bodycolour 18.5 x 27cm (7 5/16 x 10 5/8in).
PROVENANCE: Thorburn Museum, Liskeard, Cornwall Sale, Sotheby's London, Works by Archibald Thorburn from the Thorburn Museum, 31 March 1993, lot 97
LITERATURE: John Southern, Thorburns's Landscape, The Major Natural History Paintings, Elm Tree Books, London 1981, illus opposite p. 80
'Undaunted by the frost, a pair of woodcock endures the continuing hard spell of winter with quiet determination. Reposing in the stillness of the silvery covert, they remain ever attentive for the first faraway echo of approaching danger, borne upon the silent air.'
John Southern, Thorburns's Landscape, The Major Natural History Paintings, Elm Tree Books, London 1981 p. 80