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Dead Goose and Peacock
  • Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
  • Dead Goose and Peacock
  • Netherlands
  • 1718
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 174.5 x 121.5 cm
    Object size: 209 x 159 x 12 cm
  • Signature: 'J Weenix f. 1718.'
  • P124
  • Great Gallery
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  • As well as the prominently displayed goose, this large-scale vertical
    composition includes a still life of partridge, pheasant and fruit with live
    pigeons and a springer spaniel in a parkland setting. Signed and dated
    1718, it is Weenix’s last known work, painted one year before his death. It was
    probably commissioned by the Count Lothar Franz von Schönborn, Prince-
    Bishop of Bamberg and Prince-Elector of Mainz to adorn his castle, Schloss
    Weissenstein in Pommersfelden, built between 1711 and 1723. The
    commission demonstrates the appeal of Weenix’s decorative still lifes for the
    German nobility at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
    This painting was acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford at the Schönborn
    sale in 1867, along with three other works by the artist which hang in the
    Great Gallery of the Wallace Collection (P98, P140 and P182).