Trumpeter Swan


Trumpeter Swan,Charley Harper artist.


Medium : Gouache on illustration board

Circa : Ford Times, November 1957

Image Size : 13.5" x 20.5"

Exhibition History : Marian Goodman Gallery (London), Animality, 1974

In the twenties, the Trumpeter's swan song was heard across the land; civilization had driven him to the verge of extinction. But he made a comeback by going into isolation in the wilderness fastnesses of the Northwest. Now he nests safely on a remodeled beaver lodge in Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana. But his great size and beauty are still a temptation to marksmen eager to prove their skill on anything that moves, the bigger the better.

-Charley Harper

Ford Times, America’s Vanishing Birds, November 1957; Birds and Words, 1974

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