Nicholas Price to host iconic Big Cats exhibition at The Park Gallery

Posted: 2016-04-12 11:51:11 - Last updated: 2016-04-26 10:33:39

If you missed the Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair in Battersea there is a second opportunity to enjoy the selling exhibition of outstanding etchings of ‘Big Cats’ by renowned British artist Herbert Dicksee at the Park Gallery this week.

Dicksee was the leading wild animal painter in Edwardian Britain and one of the first generation of artists to create powerful, lasting images of lions, leopards and tigers.

The exhibition features approximately 25 Dicksee etchings and is being presented by BADA member and specialist print and picture dealer, Nicholas Price.

Ironically Dicksee never travelled to Africa or the Far East but would study wild cats at London’s zoological gardens, enlisting the help of keepers to persuade the animals to adopt the natural poses he needed to stimulate ideas for pictures.

A 1906 article in the Windsor Magazine describes how, “...he used to rise at 6 o`clock in the morning to visit the Zoological Gardens before visitors could arrive and obstruct his view.

“There he would be seen, morning after morning, making sketches of the lions and tigers in the reposeful intervals of their restless movements."

Speaking about the forthcoming exhibition, Nicholas Price said: “Few artists have been able to capture the incredible majesty of lions, tigers and other big cats of the world like Herbert Dicksee.

“His etchings were produced to a remarkably high standard and combine both meticulous observation and detail with notably free facility of line.  The result is both impressive and seemingly effortless.”

The Dicksee exhibition can be seen at The Park Gallery, 26 Connaught Street, London from April 26-May 6.

For more information on Nicholas Price visit www.pricefineart.com

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