TE Gunn Taxidermy at The Great Exhibition of 1851

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Centerpiece of the display.

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Centerpiece of the display. You will note the large and impressive Bream and also medals /awards for taxidermy above. Also in a rather comical way there are frogs holding business cards. Also a large number of marine fish are represented and we shall highlight these further on.

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A tantalising view of a much larger watercolour that depicts TE Gunn's exhibit. It would be interesting to know if some of these cases still exist. Reference is made by Frost to the Heron being strangled by the Eel it had just caught, and we can see that preserved to the right within the above image. The larger folio also illustrates the breadth of skill and range of items being stuffed. Sea fish and frogs that hold business cards are of particular interest. A classic item and worthy of preservation. More to follow. If you think you may have a case depicted here then send in the image. We know that the Osprey still exists as does some of the seabird, Kingfisher and wader cases. It also demonstrates that Gunn varied the case styles, and of particular interest is the number of "shades" (domes) that were produced. This watercolour is so detailed it allows with ease the identification of the species contained within. This unique item is currently housed at the Norwich Castle Museum.

We have decided to dedicate this page to the watercolour which is featured in Frost's book about TE Gunn. We have brokern down the image into its component parts as to allow a more detailed examination of the item. As part of our research into this document we would welcome any enquiries as the whereabouts of any of the cases. We will then feature the cases and the watercolour to see how each case has faired over the years. It maybe that very little casework from this image survives but it would be interesting to know which ones.
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Pike attacking Mallards in a flat fronted case. Gunn also is showing his trade labels framed and also fish as if dead on a bank.

What is also of interest is that whilst TE Gunn produced a uniform flat fronted case, groundwork and backdrop, he did venture into the production of both shades and bow fronted cases. Few of these items survive and many fish cases we have seen tend to be solely flat fronted cases. It is without doubt however that most of the items featured would have been acquired locally and either by hunters seeking to have their shot birds displayed or provided by bird catchers, whoose profession was to acquire birds for consumption or taxidermy. This image would also make a fantastic print and we have urged Norwich Castle Museum, where it is housed to produce one. The original images shown on this page are Copywrite 2010, Norwich Castle Museum, and modified by Taxidermy4cash and may not be replicated without permission.
Pike attacking Mallards in a flat fronted case in close up.

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General view of the stand.

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Otters in close up.

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General view that contains seabirds. Here again many of the species can be readily identified.

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General view that contains cased fish.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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General view of the display.

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