Taxidermist & Bird Artist Eric Gorton.

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We get asked to recommend Bird Taxidermists in the UK and America. This taxidermist produces modern creations utlising many of the design features and case building techniques created by the Victorian Taxidermists. This taxidermy art form has changed little over the years. Preservation techniques in terms of the use of chemicals has changed and groundwork has become more realistic. Apart from that the taxidermy techniques used 150 years ago are still relevant today.

Eric Gorton

Mr Eric Gorton.

Two previous Curators at this Museum, Alfred Hazelwood and Eric Gorton, formed much of the bird collection at Bolton. Eric was a superb wildlife artist as well as the taxidermist who prepared many of our specimens himself.
Eric Gorton was a local man who had worked at Bolton Museum for more than 30 years. He saw great changes in the way people thought about wildlife. Laws were made to protect wildlife and the active conservation of animals and where they live have now became widespread.
Below are a set of complete images taken from one of his field sketch books. The person who supplied these images had torn them from the binder. That said we feel that in many ways these are more exciting than completed "studio" works as these were of the moment field observations that had to be well drawn quickly. They are principly pastel and ink representation of British birds. We hope you enjoy them. The images are dated around 1980.

Great Grey Shrike by Eric Gorton.

Montage by Eric Gorton.

Song Thrush by Eric Gorton.

Song Thrush by Eric Gorton.

Little Ringed Plover by Eric Gorton.

Little Ringed Plover by Eric Gorton.

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Female Tufted duck and Corn Buntnig.

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Black Headed Gull in summer plumage.

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Black Redstart.

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Black Headed Gull in summer plumage.

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Male Bullfinch.

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Kingfisher and Green Woodpecker.

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Male Linnet.

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Grey Phalarope.

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Golden Plover.

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Redshank in summer plumage.

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Ringed Plover.

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Song Thrushes.

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Redwing and Song Thrush.

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Tufted duck.

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Willow Warbler.

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