Haynes Fine Art of Broadway

Archibald Thorburn

(Scottish, 1860–1935)

english partridge resting by archibald thorburn

Archibald Thorburn

English Partridge Resting, 1902

25,000–35,000 GBP

old english pheasant by archibald thorburn

Archibald Thorburn

Old English Pheasant

reed warbler by archibald thorburn

Archibald Thorburn

Reed Warbler

study of a mallard by archibald thorburn

Archibald Thorburn

Study of a Mallard, 1911

7,000–10,000 GBP



From a very early age Archibald was intrigued by all forms of wildlife and by the time he was six or seven years old was already often to be found drawing and sketching twigs, leaves, and flowers from the garden at Viewfield House. It quickly became apparent that he had been fortunate enough to inherit his father’s artistic skills and by the age of twelve he was producing some beautiful little watercolour drawings and pen and ink studies that already showed exceptional talent and great promise of things to come
For many of his contemporaries, Thorburn was the greatest natural history painter Britain had produced; “a giant who represented the culmination of a great nineteenth century tradition and showed the way forward to greater naturalism”. For more than fifty years, from his first published work in 1883 to his death in 1935, Thorburn was in constant demand both as a book illustrator and as the painter of larger, private commissions showing birds and mammals in their natural landscapes