Bonhams to Auction Collection of J. C. Harrison Bird Paintings

. October 20, 2011 . 0 Comments

A private collection of over 100 paintings by the ornithological artist J. C. Harrison are to be offered for auction on Wednesday 25th January 2012, at Bonhams New Bond Street, London.

The works are from the collection of the renowned wildlife photographer Terry Andrewartha who worked for the Anglia TV programme Survival for 20 years and also made seven films for them. Survival was one of television’s longest-running and most successful nature documentary series. In 1999 Andrewartha won the British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In the 1970s he met J. C. Harrison – they both lived in Norfolk – and the two remained good friends until the artist’s death in 1985.

John Cyril Harrison (1898-1985) lived and worked in Norfolk for many years. He was a keen supporter of Norfolk Wildlife Trust and practised taxidermy in order to improve his knowledge of bird anatomy. Aylmer Tryon (founder of Tryon Gallery) believed his paintings of birds in flight surpassed even those of Archibald Thorburn, with whom the artist studied. He is particularly known for his ability to capture the movement of birds in flight, and the collection includes watercolours of golden eagles, snipe, herons, curlews, ptarmigan, grouse, swans, geese, owls, partridges and golden plovers amongst others.

Highlights include The first drive (£6,000-8,000), Grouse in snowy landscape (£8,000-12,000) and On the alert (£5,000-7,000).

Category: Fine Art

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