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Title

Untitled (Two egrets fighting over a fish)

1893


Artist

Neville Cayley

Australia, England

1853 - 1903


About

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.


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

381.2012


Artist information

Neville Cayley

Works in the collection

4