William Humphrey (1823-C.1880)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, c. 1870
13 in. tall
From a rig of only eight, this boldly carved shorebird is one of the finest Canadian yellowlegs to come on the market. The original wrapped thighs remain intact.
A related example resides in the Canadian Museum of History's (Musee Canadien de L'Historie) Harbinson Collection. Original paint with gunning wear.
Provenance: Grant Nelson Collection
Literature: Jackson Parker, "The Year in Review: The Decoy at Auction 2002," "Decoy Magazine," 2002, p. 19, number 46, exact bird illustrated.
Patricia Fleming, ed., "Traditions in Wood," Toronto, Ontario, 1987, p. 126, related decoy illustrated.
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