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A Victorian Taxidermy Case of a Capercaillie by Walter Swaysland of Brighton
England, circa 1880

An outstanding taxidermy case of a Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) by Water Swaysland of Brighton. Walter Swaysland started his business in the 1850s, and produced an impressive four volume work entitled Familiar Wild Birds between 1883 and 1888. The publication included over one hundred colour plates by the famed naturalist Archibald Thorburn.

Swaysland was also quoted by Charles Darwin in Origin of Species, ‘Mr. Swaysland of Brighton has been in the habit, during the last forty years, of catching our migratory birds on their first arrival.’

The capercaillie, or wood grouse, is the largest member of the grouse family.

Height 83.00cm (32.68 inches)
Width 63.00cm (24.80 inches)
Depth 32.00cm (12.60 inches)


The Walter Potter Museum

Reference - N03.55