Archibald Thorburn

1860 - 1935
Illustrator, Painter
Origin: Great Britain
Born: May 31, 1860, Lasswade, Scotland
Died: October 9, 1935, Hascombe, England

The son of a miniaturist painter for Queen Victoria, Archibald Thorburn began sketching at an early age and received most of his training from his father, only briefly attending St. John's Wood School of Art. After the death of his father, Thorburn moved to London in 1885 and studied with Joseph Wolf. In 1880, Thornburn began to exhibit at the Royal Academy and continued to do so for the next twenty years. The artist specifically became known for his illustrations of birds for publications such as W.F. Swaysland's Familiar Wild Birds and Lord Lilford's multi-volume survey Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands. He continually traveled around Great Britain, walking the moors of Scotland as well as the lands by his home in England, in order to study birds and animals in their natural habitats. He eventually settled at Hascombe and continued to work, sketching and painting birds for the rest of his life.

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1906, Watercolor on Paper
Archibald Thorburn
Great Britain, 1860 - 1935