1954 Peter Scott 'Greylags rounding up to Settle' Framed Vintage Print

Product ID: A160

This is a wonderful framed vintage print of Sir Peter Scott's painting, 'Greylags rounding up to Settle', in its original frame, dated Dec. 1954. Scott's signature and date (1950), in red, is just visible to the bottom left corner.

The back of the picture bears the original label of the fine art restorers and picture frame makers, F.J. Harris & Son, 13 & 14 Green Street, Bath to the back. Both the oak frame and print appear to be in excellent condition for their age (bar the odd thunderfly). The original string and hooks are attached, ready to hang.

The scene is a wonderful and atmospheric rendition of Greylags rounding to settle, simultaneously conveying not only the movement of the birds as they swoop and turn but also the silence and stillness of the setting. The Greylags are silhouetted against the breathtaking panorama of the sky and landscape. A vista which is at once spectactular and striking and yet strangely calm and tranquil. Truly an enduring picture, likely to reward many many years of repeat viewing and contemplation.  

In its restrained and perfectly judged oak frame the picture measures 14.75ins. by 11.75ins. (37.5cm by 30cm).

"Peter Scott was born in London, the only child of Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott and sculptor Kathleen Bruce. He was only two years old when his father died. Robert Scott, in a last letter to his wife, apparently advised her to "make the boy interested in natural history if you can; it is better than games." His godfather  was J. M.Barrie, creator of Peter Pan.

Scott was educated at Oundle School and Trinity College, Cambridge, initially reading Natural Sciences, but graduating in the History of Art in 1931. Like his mother, he displayed a strong artistic talent and had his first exhibition in London in 1933. In 1946, he founded the organisation with which he was ever afterwards closely associated, the Severn Wildfowl Trust (now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) with its headquarters at Slimbridge inGloucestershire. In the years that followed, he led ornithological expeditions worldwide, and became a television personality, popularising the study of wildfowl and wetlands. 

He was one of the founders of the World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly the World Wildlife Fund), and designed its panda logo. He was also the founder President of the Society of Wildlife Artists and President of the Nature in Art Trust, and together with David Attenborough was described as being largely responsible for the way that the British and much of the world views wildlife. He died in1989, just 2 weeks' shy of his 80th birthday".

This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an image by one of  the greatest bird artists of the 20th century.

£63
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