This is probably a fragment of a larger picture. The bird appears to be a female sparrowhawk.

The artist, who is referred to as a Venetian, worked at courts in Germany and the Netherlands. This is perhaps a late work, from the period when the artist was active in the Netherlands, although artist and subject (Grif d'Anversa - Antwerp Hawk) are identified on the back in Italian.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1500; died 1516?
Full title
A Sparrowhawk
Date made
1510s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
17.8 x 10.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
NG3088
Location in Gallery