- Media category
- Materials used
- watercolour on paper
- 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”.
- Gift of Madeline Charley 2012
- Not on display
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.