George Wells Quatremain

George Wells Quatremain was born on New Year's Day 1846 and in 1865, whe he was 19 he left his parents' home in Chipping Norton and went to live in Stratford Upon Avon. His mother, father, sisters and older brother Joseph and followed a year later and took the house at 1 Mulberry St. in the centre of stratford.

His former family home and taxidermy studio.

George had worked in the upholstery trade with his father until he set up his taxidermy studio close to home at no.22 High St, Stratford, about 1867. George was short of capital and needed some extra money to expand and develop his taxidermy operations and to establish in picture framing and selling fishing tackle. To enable this he formed a partnership with Hugh G. Shaw.

George Quatremain's skill as a taxidermist earned him the title of 'The Best Taxidermist in England', according to  J. G. Millais, author of The Mammals of Great Britain & Ireland (Millais, 1904).

George evidently continued to work as a taxidermist until at least 1906, the date on one of the Langham Collection cases, when he would have been 60. There was no address given on the case, but this may have been due to his retirement from active work.

We have bought major collections from museums and private collectors.

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Ayre & Co does not source modern taxidermy specimens that have been killed for the purpose of taxidermy. Our modern taxidermy is mainly roadkill and catkill as these are sadly the top two threats to British wildlife. We also get animals that have died of old age, largely from zoos and falconers.

Antique pieces for us are another matter. Although some of these old specimens were hunted, we see no harm in trading them today.

Destroying them will not bring the animal back.

Taxidermy law can be complicated. We make it our business to know the laws surrounding the trade, keeping up to date with changes in current legislation so you can buy in confidence.


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