On loan from a private collection, © Private Collection

Cuyp is best known for his luminous Italianate landscapes, but he was also a gifted painter of animals. According to the inscription in the upper left of the painting, the duck Sijctghen, well-loved and a prolific layer, was twenty years old in 1647 when Cuyp painted her. A second inscription records Sijctghen’s death three years later.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
Sijctghen Duck
Date made
1647-50
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
L1155
Location in Gallery