Burke's Decoy Paintings for Connett's Duck Shooting
Color Patterns for Decoys [Mallards, Pintails, Blackduck, Green-Winged Teal; Canada Goose, Brant, Widgeons, Surf Scooters, American Scooters; Broadbills, Redheads, Canvasbacks, Goldeneyes].
N.p: n.d. [ca. late 1940s].
Published in Duck Shooting along the Atlantic Tidewater (1947) as plates at pp. 256, 262, 266; and again in Duck Decoys (1953), as frontispiece and plates at pp. 38, 86. Three large acrylic paintings on canvas board, each showing the design of 8 duck decoys, side views, for a total of 24 figures in all. Signed in pencil on back of one painting, “Edgar Burke, MD, Jersey City, N.J., Medical Center”. 1 vols. Each about 14-3/4 x 13 inches. Burke's Decoy Paintings for Connett's Duck Shooting. Framed. Fine Provenance: Eugene V. Connett, 3rd; his son, Eugene V. Connett IV. Literature: Duck Shooting Along the Atlantic Tidewater (1947), plates at pp. 256, 262, 266; and again in Duck Decoys (1953), frontispiece and plates at pp. 38, 86. Item #242612
Edgar Burke, MD (1889-1950) successfully combined the vocation of medicine (he was a member of the American College of Physicians and Surgeons) and the avocation of sport. He was an enthusiastic wildfowler and upland gunner, an expert angler and fly tier (he designed the flies "Doctor Burke" and "Family Secret") and was interested in pigeon racing and cock fighting (it was he, in the Jersey City cock-fights of the 1930s, who sewed up the wounds of the injured birds). He was also a celebrated sporting artist, illustrating two Derrydale Press classics, Feathered Game (1929) and Upland Game Bird Shooting in America (1930), and producing front cover vignettes for seven more, including Grouse Feathers, and De Shootinest Gent'man. He was, notes Siegel, a childhood companion and lifetime friend of Derrydale proprietor Eugene Connett.
These paintings, from the late 1940s, represent Burke's finest work in an area where he was an acknowledged master. They were published in Connett's Duck Shooting along the Atlantic Tidewater (1947) as plates at pp. 256, 262, 266, illustrating the chapter Burke wrote. Connett used the plates again in honor of his friend in Duck Decoys (1953) as frontispiece and plates at pp. 38, 86.
Highly decorative sporting art with the finest provenance.
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