James Alder bronze peregrine sculpture c.1975



A superbly detailed large scale bronze depicting a falconer's peregrine flying from a naturalistic perch. Verdi marble base with engraved plaque.  Signed.

51cm high x 51cm deep x 77cm wide, base 37 x 39cm


Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, James Alder was a painter, illustrator and sculptor of Natural History and described as the successor to the great engraver and artist Thomas Bewick. A major figure in Natural History in the North East, he served latterly as president of the Natural History Society of Northumbria and was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Northumbria and a Doctorate from Newcastle University. Alder became the first publicity consultant for the RSPB, and led birdwatchers on tours of Britain and Scandinavia. Working for several years as the chief animalia sculptor for Royal Worcester, he produced many beautiful limited edition models in both porcelain and bronze.

In the 1970s, Alder created a small number of life-size bronze birds of prey, either unique pieces, or produced in low edition numbers.  The detail is exquisite, the pieces showing expertise in both the medium and knowledge of the subject.

Perhaps the pinnacle of his career were his two limited edition books of "The Birds and Flowers of the Castle of Mey" for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and the "Birds of Balmoral" for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Described by a leading art authority "James Alder was a towering figure of Natural History and wildlife illustration in the region for almost half a century".

James Alder (1920-2007) bronze peregrine c. 1975
James Alder (1920-2007) bronze peregrine c. 1975

James Alder (1920-2007) bronze peregrine c. 1975
  HAYLOFT mid-century