Victorian Taxidermy

George Bazeley of Northampton

George Bazeley of Northampton

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George Bazeley of Northampton 1871-1958

George Bazeley of Northampton Bazeley trained in taxidermy with his brother William and set up a business in Sheep Street, Northampton. George then moved out and set up his own establishment in 1895 in Horsemarket. These cases are immediately recognisable with their distinctive style of taxidermy and casework. Bazeley produced a lot of cases in a diamond style normally with either a heavy oak or gilt frame. Each case was then taped rather than using wooden beading. That said these frames are not out of keeping with the Victorian fashions of the time.

Goosander by George Bazeley of Northampton..

Pike by George Bazeley of Northampton

Otter by the Victorian artist George Bazeley of Northampton .

His taxidermy is of average quality not what we would refer to as top quality taxidermy. Compare his picture frames cases to the likes of Rowland Ward and also Henry Murray of Carnforth and the lack of attention to detail is obvious. The birds and animals and sometimes fish are a little stiff in their aspect. The frames also appear to be heavy and upset the overall artist context that we feel that the artist was trying to convey. George Nazeley also like many regional taxidermists tended to concentrate on locally sourced specimens. We have seen small mammals set up in these diamond shaped cases. In particular a Red Squirrel and also a poorly mounted Grey Squirrel looking rather odd in this shape of case. Bazeley also produced exotic small birds, again in this typical style of case. These cases also suffered from moth damage due in the main to the fact that the taping deteriorates allowing access to insects.

Fox cub by the Victorian artist George Bazeley of Northampton .

Fox cub by the Victorian artist George Bazeley of Northampton in close up.

European Barn Owl by George Bazeley of Northampton.

Label by Geo Bazeley of Northampton.

Waxwings by George Bazeley of Northampton.

Amazon Green Parrot by George Bazeley of Northampton. Most likely a preserved pet as was common in the Victorian era.

Close up of a Goldfinch by George Bazeley of Northampton.

Victorian Brambling by Bazeley of Northampton showing the bird and picture-frame case.

Victorian label by Bazeley.

Fox Mask by George Bazeley of Northampton.

European Jackdaw by Bazeley of Northampton.

Victorian Green Woodpecker by George Bazeley of Northampton in close up.

Victorian Brambling by George Bazeley of Northampton in close up.

Kestrel by G Bazeley of Northampton.

Green Woodpecker by G Bazeley of Northampton.

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