Lithograph Information

In 1992 Daniel Cole was commissioned to paint a series of modern Game Fowl bred in the UK for Chanticleer Fine Arts. The resulting works, which show his meticulous attention to detail, have been produced as these ten stunning lithographs.  Numbers 1 – 8 depict cocks and hens in their natural habitat.  No’s 9 & 10 titled ‘At Ease’ & ‘Call to Arms’ show single Narragansett-Shy cocks,  one in full feather, the other ‘trimmed and heeled’ with artificial spurs ready to do ‘business’ in the pit. The latter is how he would have looked before the abolition of cock fighting in 1835.

The lithographs are printed on fine quality 300gm acid free paper in fade resistant inks to BS1006;78 standard, each image in a Limited Edition of 250.

The breeding of Game Fowl has been well documented throughout the ages. Naturalists have concluded that all strains are descended from the grey and red jungle fowl of India where the earliest records of their existence are to be found. Man’s fascination with these beautiful birds dates back to when poultry was first domesticated; these old strains have been kept alive by show fanciers dedicated to their preservation.

The lithographs are printed on fine quality 300gm acid free paper in fade resistant inks to BS1006;78 standard, each image in a Limited Edition of 250.  Each of the (unframed) lithographs has been signed and numbered by Daniel Cole.  All are titled and bear the embossed stamp of Chanticleer Fine Arts.  These ‘marks’ ensure the authenticity and the limit of each of the 10 Editions (250).

No’s 1 – 25 of each Edition are reserved for those who wish to buy a set of 8 or the pair No’s 9 & 10  –  on each of these Daniel Cole has added his own ‘remarque’  beside his signature – a tiny drawing of a wren.

These lithographs were offered for sale in 1993 by Chanticleer Fine Arts  (CFA)  but were withdrawn in 1996 after it was discovered that a UK Poultry Judge,  deliberately ignoring copyright rules, was found to have been photocopying the images from the brochure and selling them to unsuspecting breeders and fanciers at various UK County Shows. He was found culpable in a London Court of breaking Copyright and ordered to pay damages and all costs. Copyright 1993 CFA.  They were stored and are now offered to fanciers once more.

Lithographs are created by separating the colours – red, blue, yellow and black and  a master ‘plate’ made is for each. It is not until the final colour is applied that the complete image can be seen in full colour. It is a time consuming process and the results are as detailed as the artwork. The finished lithographs are inspected by the artist before he will sign and number each one-  all imperfect ones are destroyed.   Only those signed and numbered by the artist are released for sale.  Verified editions are generally kept low in number (around 250) to ensure quality and preserve value.