Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
- Dead Game and Small Birds
- probably c. 1695 - c. 1700
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 134 x 170 cm
Object size: 175 x 208 x 12 cm
- Great Gallery
- The accoutrements of the hunt, including a powder horn, falcon hood
and bird-call (producing a high-pitched whistle to attract birds), a hunting
bag, horn and net are combined with a still life including a hare, black grouse,
partridge and a greenfinch in front of a distant view of a hunt.
Like several other paintings by Weenix now in the Wallace Collection, this
painting belonged to a member of the German aristocracy in the eighteenth
century; it is recorded in the collection Count Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Prince-Bishop of Bamberg and Prince-Elector of Mainz.
It was acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford at the Schönborn sale in
1867 for the considerable sum of 41,500 francs (about £1,660), together
with three other works by the artist (Wallace Collection, P124, P140, P182).