Archibald Thorburn ( 1860-1935)
Archibald Tornburn ( 1860- 1935 ) has been described as the greatest ornithological artist ever with a wonderful gift of placing his bird subjects in harmonious surroundings. At the age of twenty Thorburn,s work was accepted at the Royal Academy Exhibition in London, and in 1887 his reputation was secured by a commission to illustrate Lord Lilfords Coloured figured of The Birds of The British Islands, for which he painted 268 watercolours.
Pre-eminent among Thorburns many wealthy patrons were King Edward VII and King George V, the latter being a keen admirer, Writing of Thorburn in 1908, the Scottish critic James Caw noted that he has made a reputation … by the truth of his observation and accuracy of his renderings , devoting himself ardently to his game birds.
Archibald Thorburn died at Hascombe, near Godalming in Surrey, on October the 9th 1935. Many of Thorburns Originals works hang in many private galleries including his Royal patrons.