Sir William Strickland, Bt. (1753-1834)
Five ornithological studies: 'Peregrine Falcon Perched on a Carved Block with Egg and Butterfly Above', 'Young Black Throated Diver at Rest', 'Female Great Bustard Standing’, ‘Bittern Standing on a Rocky Outcrop’, and ‘Water-Hen’
ii) signed and dated 'W.S./ 1810' (lower centre)
v) signed and dated 'W.S:1771' (lower left) and inscribed 'WATER-HEN.' (upper left)
i) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
ii) pencil, pen and brown ink and watercolour on paper
iii) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
iv) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
v) pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
i) 135⁄8 x 81⁄2 in. (35 x 21.5 cm.)
ii) 131⁄4 x 17 in. (33.5 x 43 cm.)
iii) 133⁄4 x 10 in. (35 x 25.5. cm.)
iv) 155⁄8 x 113⁄8 in. (40 x 28.5 cm.)
v) 12 x 71⁄8 in. (30.5 x 18.5 cm.)
The artist, and by descent in
The Strickland Family of Boynton Hall, Bridlington, Yorkshire.
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Sir William Strickland’s depiction of the Great Bustard is especially significant as it was said that the last Great Bustard in Britain was shot at Boynton Hall around 1832. In the family archives there is an invitation to dine at Boynton Hall in which he describes the principal dish, a Great Bustard, as probably ‘the last of its race’.
See the previous lot for further information.