Peacock And Peacock Butterfly By Archibald Thorburn
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18883 - 19th Century Paintings - London

Juky 13, 2011

Lot 132

Bonhams Lot Notes –

Archibald Thorburn (British, 1860-1935)

Peacock and Peacock Butterfly

signed and dated 'Archibald Thorburn/1917.' (lower right)

watercolour and bodycolour

87.5 x 111cm (34 7/16 x 43 11/16in).

'of all his pictures…the most daring was a gigantic one…of a peacock in full display in front of a red rhododendron in full bloom; a gorgeous sunset and woodland as the background and, in the bottom lefthand corner, a peacock butterfly. My memory may be at fault as regards to the details, but I remember the whole as a riot of colour; it was in no way dipleasing but was both magnificent and accurate'

Hugh S. Gladstone, Scottish Nationalist, Archibald Thorburn obituary, January 1936”1

Price realized: £252,000 - a World Record price for a work by the artist

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