Common Partridge by Lilian Medland


Common Partridge


Lilian Medland

Ref GM2352
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 16" x 12" (40 x 30 cm)
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This image is from Charles Stonham’s “The Birds of the British Isles”, published between 1906 and 1911. Lilian Medland sketched the images for this opus over the course of many visits to the London Zoological Gardens. Her drawings reveal keen and accurate observation. Where possible, she showed birds in lifelike attitudes. In 15 sets of the first edition of Stonham’s work, the plates were hand-coloured by Medland, making them highly sought after by collectors. The image depicts a Common Partridge, a medium-sized, plump gamebird with a distinctive orange face. A rotund bird, 28-32 centimetres long, brown-backed with grey underparts and a chestnut breast, there is little difference between the male and female, although the female’s breast is smaller. Outside of breeding season, partridges live in social groups known as conveys. These are based on family parties, though several such parties may merge into one convey where numbers are high. According to Greek legend, the first partridge appeared when Daedalus threw his nephew, Perdix, off the sacred hill of Athena in a fit of jealous rage. Supposedly mindful of his fall, the bird foes not build its nest in the trees, nor take lofty flights, and avoids high places.