Watercolor on paper, signed “Edgar Burke” lower right, with title and date 10-17-14 in pencil, upper left. 1 vols. Image 4-3/4 x 6-1/2 inches, glazed and framed. Early Original Warbler Watercolor by Edgar Burke. Siegel et al, The Derrydale Press, A Bibliography, pp. 192-3. Item #52937
The bird (an adult male) sits on a branch, facing left. An early work, done while the artist was studying medicine; rendered in meticulous detail, it is extremely decorative.
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, and expert angler and fly tyer (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--a relationship that paid large dividends for readers of the Press.
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