Watercolor on paper trompe l'oeil still life of wild bird, seeds, and other natural objects, 15 1/2" by 11 1/2" (24 1/2" by 20 1/2" as framed, and will be shipped without glass), signed boldly at lower left "Herbert Turrell". This is a beautiful, delicate work by an obviously talented artist who, according to my google research, exhibited at the prestigious Royal Academy in at least the early years of the twentieth century. He is listed as having submitted watercolors in the years 1904 and 1906. A genealogical site shows a William Herbert Turrell born circa 1871 in Wimbledon, England, giving his profession as artist and portrait painter; I don't see much about him otherwise, but obviously he knew how to draw and paint in watercolor. Note the bird, the seeds, including chestnuts, dried leaves and grasses, and other small easy to miss natural wonders of the forest floor in England. Perhaps Turrell was trained in botany or botanical illustration, because the work is so detailed and accurate. The green background brings to mind the trompe l;oeil wood doors of Harnett, Peto and others in America. This is in excellent condition and is ready for the wall. It is likely in its original frame with original slightly wavy glass. Photos were taken at steep angles in order to reduce reflections in the glass. See other botanical art in my shop.
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