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Hawk attacking Partridges and a Rabbit
  • Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686 - 1755)
  • Hawk attacking Partridges and a Rabbit
  • France
  • 1747
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 118 x 153 cm
  • Signature: 'J B. Oudry / 1747'
  • P627
  • Back State Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The painting was one of a set of four overdoors (with P625, P629 and P631) commissioned by the Intendant des Finances and director of the Département des Ponts et Chaussées, Daniel-Charles Trudaine for his château at Montigny-Lencoup, near Melun, which later became a hunting lodge for Louis XV (cf. Boucher P482 and P489). It was painted in 1747, the other three paintings of the set in the following year. Their uneven quality, reflecting their position as overdoors, suggests that Oudry’s workshop including his son Jacques-Charles may have helped with their execution, although preparatory drawings confirm that the designs were by his father. Jean-Baptiste considered them important works as he chose to exhibit them at the 1748 Salon. A preparatory drawing for the composition is preserved at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, detail studies are in the Staatliches Museum in Schwerin and untraced.