English early 20th century portrait of prize winning pigeon by A. Embleton, 1914, gouache on paper, with the legend “Mr Gerald Lockett’s winner of 1st & Special Weymouth, Wavertree H.S. 1913″ The largely working man’s sport of pigeon racing was more or less suspended around the time this portrait was completed for fear that pigeons might be used by enemy spies to communicate. At the same time, many homing pigeons were pressed into service (you cannot really say they enlisted) and used to convey messages from the front to headquarters. They are credited with saving thousands of lives through their war efforts. Several pigeon portraits are known by this artist and all seem to depict a pigeon against an Industrial background. Size listed includes the frame and mat. Image size is 10 1/2″ x 14 1/2”.

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