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Dead Hare and Dog
  • Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
  • Dead Hare and Dog
  • Netherlands
  • 1717
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 124 x 106.7 cm
  • Signature: 'J. Weenix f 1717'
  • P103
  • Great Gallery
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  • In addition to the springer spaniel and dead hare, the picture includes a living bullfinch and magpie and a dead turkey, a kingfisher, partridge and a duck. The parkland setting is embellished with various statues, including one of Ceres on the left. A late work, its weak execution betrays signs of Weenix’s increasing frailty towards the end of his life. The dog and the duck recur in Dead Goose and Peacock painted in 1718 (Jan Weenix P124) and, reversed, in Dead Game and Springer Spaniel (Jan Weenix P142), demonstrating how the artist repeated motifs in different compositions.