Danger Aloft

Archibald Thorburn

TitleDanger Aloft
ArtistArchibald Thorburn
Paper Size (W x H)21 x 16 ins
Edition Size195
Price £180.00

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Danger Aloft is an attractive colour print, rescued from a 1981 Landscape Birds & Animals book. It shows Thorburn’s mastery of a range of birds in different landscape settings and weather conditions. They have lustrous, meticulous feathers, his gorse bushes are prickly and detailed and his water shimmers in the sunlight.

Nine ptarmigan are seeking shelter on a hillside while storm clouds gather in the distance. There is a small herd of deer on the shoulder of the hill and “suddenly, out of the mists boiling up from the depths of the corrie, a golden eagle appears and the ptarmigan instantly crouch and ‘freeze’, their autumnal plumage blending to perfection with the boulders and herbage of this high place. They squat motionless, trusting in their camouflage for survival, waiting for the danger to pass.” (Thorburn’s Landscape).

Archibald Thorburn wrote that: "Looking at things with the eye of the ordinary lover of nature, one can only attempt to represent with brush and pencil the wonderful beauty of the living creatures around us. The chief essential is to acquire the faculty of observing and noting down the many subtle differences in pose and little tricks of habit in different species, and this knowledge can only be obtained by patient watching."

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Archibald Thorburn

Archibald Thorburn was a Scottish artist and bird illustrator, painting mostly in watercolour. He regularly visited Scotland to sketch birds in the wild, his favourite haunt being the Forest of Gaick near Kingussie in Invernesshire.

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