Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Three merlins

These bold, quick little pencil studies by artist George Lodge capture the personality of these small falcons perfectly. He sketched them at Avebury in 1933. In the '30s, most of Britain’s falconers (for there were few in those days) met up for an annual hawking holiday on Salisbury Plain. The Red Lion Pub at Avebury was their temporary HQ, and their hawks were kept in a building that’s now become, I believe, a public loo.

On the back of these framed sketches is a gallery information sticker. It reads: ‘studies of a kestrel on a post’. Oh dear.

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