20th May 2022 10:30 GMT/BST

The James Harrison Collection of Birds

  Lot 24


Taxidermy: A Pair of Blue Rock Thrush & A Quail, dated 1966 & 1945, a pair of full mount adult Blue Rock Thrush, the male mounted upon a raw white marble rock with tail raised, the female stood upon a painted faux rock, with attached data label - Blue Rock Thrush, 5th 2nd 1966, L'Ahrax, Malta, together with a full mount adult female Quail, stood upon a painted groundwork base, with attached data label - Quail, Female, 14th 9th 1945, Ash Marshes, Kent, (3)

Sold for £120
Estimated at £100 - £150


Auction: The James Harrison Collection of Birds, 20th May 2022

The James Harrison Collection comprises over 200 lots of cased and freemount birds dating from the late Victorian era to the middle of the 20th century. The collection includes rare and unusual examples, such as a passenger pigeon and a kiwi, as well as mounts by the likes of Rowland Ward, James Gardner, Charles Kirk and George Bristow. 

James Maurice Harrison (1892-1971) was an ornithologist and one of the last great bird collectors, who gathered large numbers of specimens to study moult patterns, distribution, geographical and colour variation within and between species. A GP by profession, Harrison filled his family home and Doctor's Surgery, Bowerwood House in Kent, with his extraordinary collection. 


Wednesday 18th May 10:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday 19th May 10:00am - 4:00pm, and the morning of the sale from 8am. Viewing is open to the public, there is no need to make an appointment.

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