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Robert Bateman (Prints)

Shrike Pair and Hawthorn (Print)

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Offset Paper; Edition Size 950
12.875" x 16.25" / 30.48cm x 40.64cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $155.00

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“Although I am a great supporter of wilderness, an important part of my psyche has a strong
pull toward the hand of man interacting with nature. However, this must be traditional human
activity, not the modern industrial variety. Many of the happiest hours of my childhood were spent
roaming old pastures. Old pastures gave a perfect mixed habitat for variety in nature. A common
tree species was the hawthorn or thorn apple, which gave great protection for nesting birds. In spring,
the smell of hawthorn flowers fills me with joy of that season, and in fall the red berries not only
look decorative, but also provide food for many species. Hawthorns have also always been
associated with shrikes. The shrike’s nickname is the “butcher bird” because of its tendency
to impale prey on a thorn.”