Born at Horncastle in Lincolnshire, George Edward Lodge was a wildlife artist, naturalist and falconer. An accomplished taxidermist, he completed his first subject, an owl, at the age of twelve. His early talent was recognised by his family and he was sent to Lincoln School of Art. Following this, he lived and worked in London before settling in Camberley, Surrey in later life.
Lodge was a versatile artist, sketching animals in London Zoo, grouse and pheasant in the Highlands and gulls and eagles in Scandinavia. Although he was particularly fond of Scotland and Norway, he recorded birds from all over the world. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1881 to 1917 and a prolific illustrator. He is best remembered for his superb illustrations in Dr Bannerman’s The Birds of the British Isles.