Genesee Country Village & Museum

Mumford, NY



Taking Wing: The Wildfowl Flight Studies of Richard E. Bishop


Visitors to the John L. Wehle Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art at Genesee Country Village & Museum can try their hand at field sketching as part of an exhibit of paintings by American artist Richard E. Bishop. "Taking Wing: The Wildfowl Flight Studies of Richard E. Bishop" will be shown at the gallery through July 16, 2000.

"Bishop was a master at capturing the anatomy and behavior of birds in flight," says gallery curator Diane Jones. "Drawing paper and plenty of pencils will be available for gallery visitors to draw their own wildfowl on the wing." (left: Page 114 of Prarie Wings, pencil drawings, production sheet, photo by Edgar M. Queeny; right: Page 22 (detail) of Prarie Wings, pencil drawings, production sheet)

Born in Syracuse and a graduate of Cornell University, Bishop developed a first-hand understanding of birds while hunting with his father, an avid wildfowl sportsman. Working as an electrical engineer in Philadelphia, Bishop began experimenting with etchings on copper plates. This launched a career that produced hundreds of etchings, aquatints, dry points and oil paintings of the sporting world. (left: Open Water, 1946, oil on board)

In 1946, Bishop collaborated on the book, Prairie Wings, with Edgar M. Queeny. Bishop's original drawings and many of Queeny's photographs were given to the Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art by Thomas K. Figge of Davenport, Iowa in 1983. The exhibit focuses on these drawings, several of Bishop's original paintings, etchings and Bishop's 1936 Federal Duck Stamp.

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