George Edward Lodge
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George Edward Lodge 1860-1954
Lodge was educated at home, and became an accomplished taxidermist. He travelled abroad in search of birds and sport, visiting Norway, Sweden, the West Indies and the United States. He was, however, most at home in the Scottish Highlands.
He attended Lincoln School of Art and studied and worked in London before moving in later life to Camberley, Surrey. Lodge worked in a multitude of media including wood engraving, etching, drawing in pencil and crayon, watercolour and oil to produce his paintings and book illustrations. His knowledge of taxidermy allowed him to achieve a greater understanding of the anatomy of his subjects which is obvious in the quality of his works. Lodge was a close friend of Archibald Thorburn and they held a mutual respect of each others work with Throburn recommending Lodge to the New Zealand Government for a commission to provide plates for a book of New Zealand native birds.
Lodge’s paintings were exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy from 1881 to 1917, and also at Suffolk Street and other leading London galleries.