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Archibald THORBURN 1860 - 1935

Biography

Archibald Thorburn was a Scottish artist and bird illustrator, who painted primarily in watercolour. The fifth son of Robert Thorburn, portrait miniaturist to Queen Victoria, he was educated at Dalkeith and Edinburgh before his training at St John's Wood School of Art in London. After the death of his father, he received guidance from Joseph Wolf, the most prominent natural history illustrator of the time.

In 1887, Thorburn illustrated Lord Lilford's Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Isles, which cemented his reputation as an illustrator. Throughout his lifetime he illustrated many sporting and natural history books, including his own. His painted works were regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, and in addition to this he was Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.