Chance to view bird paintings

Golden plover on a Breckland mere by John Cyril Harrison
Golden plover on a Breckland mere by John Cyril Harrison
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ABOUT 150 works by a top Norfolk bird artist will be shown in Bury St Edmunds prior to sale by auction.

The works by John Cyril Harrison will be on show at Bonhams, in Churchgate Street, on Wednesday, January 11, and will be auctioned by the company in London on January 25.

Waxwing on the Norfolk coast by John Cyril Harrison

Waxwing on the Norfolk coast by John Cyril Harrison

They range from sketch books to some of his finest works with prices expected to range from £400 to £12,000. Many of the birds are painted in East Anglian locations, like a group of golden plovers on a Breckland mere.

The works are from the collection of the late Terry Andrewartha, who lived near King’s Lynn and met Mr Harrison in the 1970s, remaining friends until the artist died in 1985, aged 87.

Mr Andrewartha was a wildlife photographer who worked for Anglia Television’s renowned Survival nature documentary series for 20 years. His photographs are also widely sold as posters and prints.

Mr Harrison worked in Norfolk for many years and was a keen supporter of Norfolk Wildlife Trust. He was renowned for his ability to capture the movement of birds in flight. The works being auctioned are of a wide variety of British birds, from bramblings to golden eagles, with of game birds, wildfowl, owls and birds of prey well represented. The works also include landscapes and a watercolour of a rainbow trout the artist caught.

Curlews at Holkham Gap by John Cyril Harrison

Curlews at Holkham Gap by John Cyril Harrison

The pictures will be sold in 116 lots and can also be viewed at www.bonhams.com