Archibald Thorburn (British, 1860-1935) Peacock and Peacock Butterfly

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Lot 132
Archibald Thorburn
(British, 1860-1935)
Peacock and Peacock Butterfly

Sold for £ 252,000 (US$ 346,314) inc. premium
Archibald Thorburn (British, 1860-1935)
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).

Footnotes

  • 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
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