Gyrfalcon - Bird of Kings

Medium: Watercolor. 9 X 11.7 inches.

The tenth and final painting for my M.F.A. thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture.

In medieval European falconry, the type of bird you could fly was dependent on your status in society. Peasants were limited to the
small sparrowhawk. Higher ranks could fly peregrines and merlins, whereas gyrfalcons, the largest and strongest of the falcons,
were reserved for kings.

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