Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Archibald Thorburn - Through the Snowy Coverts - Blackgame
signed and dated l.l.: A. Thorburn/ 1926
watercolour and bodycolour
36.5 by 54.5cm.; 14¼ by 21½in.
ESTIMATE 30,000 - 50,000 GBP
'Winging their way homewards beneath a wintry sky, blackgame return from their feeding ground on nearby slopes.
Tilting first this way and then that, skilfully they thread their way through the white-limbed trees as they make their snug retreat among the silver birches...One senses the swish of their wings as the birds hurry by, leaving the place
to assume an eerie silence as the sun fades and the dusk settles amongst the snow-clad trees.' (John Southern, Thorburn's Birds and Mammals, 1986, p.86)
at 6:00 AM