Jan Weenix (1642 - 1719)
- Dead Goose and Peacock
- Oil on canvas
- Image size: 174.5 x 121.5 cm
Object size: 209 x 159 x 12 cm
- Signature: 'J Weenix f. 1718.'
- Great Gallery
- 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).