Edward Hargitt (1835 - 1895)
Oil on Canvas - Signed - 12" x 16" - £2,200
Edward Hargitt was born in Edinburgh and studied art in the Royal Scottish Academy and was a fairly good painter of landscapes. These paintings yield high prices today, auctioned at Christie's. He became also an ornithologist and developed into an expert on woodpeckers. He was the author of the monograph on Picidae for the Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum, published in 1890. During later years, he prepared 1300 drawings of woodpeckers for a proposed monograph. The original monograph “Book of Reference to the Picidae” (1895) is currently kept in the funds of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia.