Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975) Circling In - Canada Geese signed "Richard E. Bishop" lower right oil on canvas, 24 by 27 in.
Born in Syracuse, New York, Bishop developed a passion for waterfowl while hunting with his father. He graduated from Cornell University in 1909, and later spent four years in the military. In 1920, while working at a copper manufacturing plant in Philadelphia, Bishop’s career as an artist began. He picked up a discarded piece of copper plate, covered it with wax, and created his first etching. Four years later, in 1924, Bishop won the Charles M. Lea Prize at the Philadelphia Print Club for his work Canada Geese.
In 1936 Bishop wrote and illustrated Bishop’s Birds. He produced Bishop’s Waterfowl in 1948. In 1962, he collaborated with Edgar M. Queeny on Prairie Wings. The artwork in Bishop’s books are superb renderings of birds in their natural habitat, as he was able to capture the fluidity of a bird’s flight and recreate detailed landscapes in the background. Bishop’s work is held in the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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