Archibald Thorburn  "Peacock"  (1917)
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Archibald Thorburn "Peacock" (1917)

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Our high resolution, museum quality, Giclee reproductions are printed exclusively on quality canvas using  large format, state of the art printers.  We have a great selection of reproduction prints from various artist from past centuries. These images have undergone extensive processing to create vibrant and detailed prints. Not all art prints are created equal. You will be impressed with the unmatched quality of these prints.

Archibald was born at Viewfield House, Lasswade, Midlothian, the fifth son of Robert Thorburn (1818–1885), portrait miniaturist to Queen Victoria. His first education was at Dalkeith and in Edinburgh, after which he was sent to the newly founded St John's Wood School of Art in London. His stay there was only brief, since on the death of his father he sought the guidance of Joseph Wolf. It was his commission in 1887 to illustrate Lord Lilford's Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Isles, for which he painted some 268 watercolours, that established his reputation. He illustrated numerous sporting and natural history books, including his own. He taught Otto Murray Dixon and Philip Rickman (both in Nature in Art's collection), and he encouraged the young Donald Watson when he came to visit him in Dumfries and Galloway. Thorburn was friends of other eminent bird illustrators including George Edward Lodge and John Guille Millais with whom he collaborated on a number of works including: Natural History of British Feeding Ducks; British Diving Ducks and British Game Birds.