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Hamburg Thrush

Posted by Alix on 18 October 2007

Another German acquisition – this print of unknown origin was from an antique market in Hamburg. The way that the missel bird is perched on some mistletoe is a lovely touch, and the background is distant and subtle enough to not intrude into the foreground. I do dislike prints where the subject is competing with the background like this one (actually I do quite like that print, my apologies Alfred Brehm). The mistle thrush’s old name is stormcock, named so because they would often sing during bad weather (though whether they were singing this is another matter).

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