The lammergeier, also known as the bearded vulture, is a large raptor found in mountainous regions from Europe to Africa. At full maturity they have a 10 foot wingspan and light coloured plumage on their head and body – Elisabeth Frink’s dark lammergeir appears to be a juvenile. Part of her Birds of Prey
1974 series, Frink used lithography printing to create this work. A bold coloured bird looks straight ahead, standing against a lighter, ghostly erect bird, giving the impression of the same bird in movement.
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Original: Original: Etching and aquatint on paper 54.1 x 46.7 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.