The Wallace Collection

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Peacocks and Ducks
  • Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1636 - 1695)
  • Peacocks and Ducks
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1680
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 207 x 173.5 cm
    made up to, Object size: 209.5 x 176 cm
    Overall size: 242 x 214 x 22.5 cm
  • Signature: 'M d Hondecoeter'
  • P64
  • Great Gallery
Further Reading
  • The most impressive of Hondecoeter’s pictures in the Wallace Collection, the
    composition represents a peacock and peahen standing on a balustrade
    above a family of muscovy ducks and ducklings, with a pair of Egyptian geese
    in the right foreground and a dove and swallow in the air. In much the same
    manner as contemporary still-life painting, the subject allows the painter
    to demonstrate his feeling for colour and composition, as well as his ability
    to evoke different material textures in paint, from the magnificent plumed tail
    of the peacock to the soft down of the ducklings in the foreground. It shows
    Hondecoeter’s debt to the compositional design and style of his cousin Jan
    Weenix, whose painting of similar dimensions hangs on the same wall.