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A FOWLER'S WORLD C F Tunnicliffe SHOOTING DUCKS & GEESE Countryside : Niall 1968

A FOWLER'S WORLD C F Tunnicliffe SHOOTING DUCKS & GEESE Countryside : Niall 1968

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A Fowler's World
An Account of Days on the Marsh and Estuary

By Ian Niall : Illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe

Published by Heinemann. London, 1968. First Edition. Hardback with dust jacket. 8vo (141 x 221mm). ppxii,163. With lovely b&w illustrations by C.F.Tunnicliffe.

A lovely fresh clean first edition in a lovely clean unclipped dust jacket. Boards and spinea re good and pages very clean throughout. No writing or names. A very good first edition.

A very readable collection of pieces drawn from Ian Niall's experiences shooting wild ducks and geese on foreshore and marsh. "What follows is a picture of a personal world rather than of the wildfowler's world in general. It is intended to be a guide to the uncommitted novice in the hope that he may come to appreciate my world in which impressions and atmosphere are more important than getting a duck or a goose for dinner."

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe
, OBE, RA (1 December 1901 – 7 February 1979)[1] was an internationally renowned naturalistic painter of British birds and other wildlife. He spent most of his working life on the Isle of Anglesey.

Tunnicliffe worked in several media, including watercolor painting, etching and aquatint, wood engraving, woodcut, scraperboard (sometimes called scratchboard), and oil painting.
A Snowy Owl, Anglesey, date unknown.

Much of Tunnicliffe's work depicted birds in their natural settings and other naturalistic scenes. He illustrated Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter. His work was also used to illustrate Brooke Bond tea cards and as a result was seen by millions of young people in the United Kingdom during the 1950s and 1960s. He also illustrated a number of books, including the Ladybird books. His work was characterised by its precision and accuracy, but also by the way in which he was able to portray birds as they were seen in nature rather than as stiff scientific studies.

From March 1953, he painted many of the cover illustrations for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds's (RSPB) magazine Bird Notes, and several for the later Birds magazines. Two of the originals are on long-term loan to the gallery at Oriel Ynys Môn, but in 1995 the RSPB sold 114 at a Sotheby's auction, raising £210,000; the most expensive being a picture of a partridge, which sold for £6,440

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