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An image of Untitled (Two egrets fighting over a fish) by Neville Cayley

Neville Cayley

(Australia, England 1853 – 1903)

Title
Untitled (Two egrets fighting over a fish)
Year
1893
Media category
Watercolour
Materials used
watercolour on paper
Dimensions

43.3 x 60.3 cm sight; 76.2 x 93.8 cm frame

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., black watercolour “Neville: Cayley/ 1893”.
Credit
Gift of Madeline Charley 2012
Accession number
381.2012
Location
Not on display
Further information

Neville Henry Pennington Cayley was an English ornithologist and artist who migrated to Australia with his family circa 1882 and is credited with contributing greatly to a popular awareness of Australian birds. He is not to be confused with his son Neville William Cayley who inheriting his father’s talent, is best-known for his book ‘What bird is that’. 'Untitled (two egrets fighting over a fish)' is typical of the artist’s classic, theatrical ‘set piece’ in which he places a particular bird type against a landscape characteristic of its habitat.