Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts

Burke, Dr. Edgar (1889-1950)

Dr. Edgar Burke (1889-1950) was a New Jersey surgeon who was also an avid sportsman with interests in fishing (he designed some trout flies which are still standards), wildfowling, and pigeon racing. He was also an artist whose subject matter was drawn from the areas of his sporting interest. Burke's did many watercolors and gouaches of game birds, and also painted the champion pigeons of his racing club. He was a close friend of Eugene V. Connett III, publisher of the Derrydale Press, and through this connection he was commissioned to illustrate two books, Feathered Game (1929) and Upland Game Bird Shooting in America (1930), as well as providing covers for Grouse Feathers, and De Shootinest Gent'man, among others. He also did plates for Ray Bergman's book "Trout."

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