Honey Buzzards are migratory, visiting the UK from May to August to breed, and returning to Africa over the winter. Their breeding sites include northern Scotland, Wales, and north, south and east England. Honey Buzzards are unusual as birds of prey as they primarily feed on insects and their larvae. Elisabeth Frink’s Honey Buzzard
shows the bird at rest, perched on a rock. A monochrome lithograph from her series Birds of Prey
1974, Frink uses golden honey-like tones to colour the bird and its surroundings.
Date of work
Original: Original: Etching and aquatint on paper 54 x 46.5 cm © Estate of Elisabeth Frink. All Rights Reserved, DACS 20YY
Dame Elisabeth Frink was an English sculptor and printmaker who studied at the Guildford School of Art at the Chelsea School of Art. Frink’s range of subjects included the human figure, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. Frink created a lot of bronze outdoor sculptures, her style generalised the form and eliminated the detail of the sculptures. Frink’s continued fascination with flight was evident in a series of falling figures and winged men that she made during the 1960s.