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A Cockerel with other Birds
  • Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1636 - 1695)
  • A Cockerel with other Birds
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1668 - c. 1695
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 107 x 127.5 cm
    Overall size: 138 x 161 x 14 cm
  • Signature: 'M D Hondecoeter.'
  • P83
  • Great Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Melchior d’Hondecoeter was born into a family of artists in Utrecht and studied with his uncle, Jan Baptist Weenix. He specialized in bird subjects, his early work being much influenced by his cousin, the still life painter Jan Weenix. It is difficult to date his paintings as there is very little discernible
    development in style from his earliest dated works of 1668.
    In this painting, a peahen, peacock, hen and cockerel are in the centre of the composition, with a waxwing and bullfinch above and shellducks and swans to the right. It was bought by the 4th Marquess of Hertford before 1854,
    when it was seen at Hertford House by the art historian Gustav Waagen.