Marsh harriers are most common in east and south-east England, though seasonally they can be seen in other coastal areas across the UK and Ireland. They are the largest of the harriers, with females larger than males. From its colouring, we can see that Elisabeth Frink’s marsh harrier is a male, soaring over the marshes that make up the bird’s hunting grounds. This is one of a series of nine bird prints Frink made in 1974, titled Birds of Prey
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Original: Original: Etching and aquatint on paper 53.5 x 46.8 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.