Thorburn Archibald - Peacock and Butterfly Art Print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 162 famous artists

An archival premium Quality Art Print of Peacock and Butterfly by Archibald Thorburn for sale by Brandywine General Store. The original oil on canvas was painted by the artist in 1917, being commissioned by Vincent V. Vickers, Esq. and was one of the largest paintings completed by the artist, being 34 1/2 by 43 3/4 inches in size. It shows a large peacock proudly displaying his extravagant plumage, in contrast to the delicate and beautifully detailed peacock butterfly in the foreground. Thorburn later recalled how he would have nightmares of endlessly painting the eyes on the peacock's tail feathers. Thorburn died in 1936 and Hugh S. Gladstone wrote in his obituary for the Scottish Nationalist the following "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 left hand corner, a peacock butterfly. My memory may be at fault as regards to the details, but I remember the whole as a riot of color, it was in no way displeasing but was both magnificent and accurate..." This painting was recently sold by Bonhams of London for 399,000.00. Famous artists print #162

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