Scottish artist Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) was particularly well-known for his portrayals of wild birds, and as well as dramatic paintings he produced numerous illustrations for books. Preferring to use watercolours he was known to prefer to sketch and paint from life, out in the open, as opposed to using stuffed specimens in a studio. This well-known British wildlife artist was a keen ornithologist and conservationist, becoming Vice President of the RSPB. Regarded by many as the most accomplished bird artist in Britain; Edward VIII and George V collected his work, and he was portrait miniaturist to Queen Victoria.
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