|JAMES ALDER (1920-2007) - PEREGRINE
- BRONZE - UNIQUE
A superbly detailed large scale bronze depicting a falconer's peregrine
flying from a naturalistic perch. Verdi marble base with engraved
51cm high x 51cm deep x 77cm wide, base 37 x 39cm
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, James Alder was a painter, illustrator and
sculptor of Natural History and described as the successor to the great
engraver and artist Thomas Bewick. A major figure in Natural History in
the North East, he served latterly as president of the Natural History
Society of Northumbria and was awarded honorary degrees from the
University of Northumbria and a Doctorate from Newcastle University.
Alder became the first publicity consultant for the RSPB, and led
birdwatchers on tours of Britain and Scandinavia. Working for several
years as the chief animalia sculptor for Royal Worcester, he produced
many beautiful limited edition models in both porcelain and bronze.
In the 1970s, Alder created a small number of life-size bronze birds of
prey, either unique pieces, or produced in low edition numbers.
The detail is exquisite, the pieces showing expertise in both the
medium and knowledge of the subject.
Perhaps the pinnacle of his career were his two limited edition books
of "The Birds and Flowers of the Castle of Mey" for Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the "Birds of Balmoral" for Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II. Described by a leading art authority "James Alder was a towering figure of
Natural History and wildlife illustration in the region for almost half