In the foreground the huntsman is disembowelling the deer; his gun lies on the ground beside him. In the background, left of centre, a stag hunt is taking place. At this period pictures with hunting subjects were usually painted for the aristocracy, as hunting was an aristocratic privilege in the Dutch Republic of the 17th century.

After his return from Italy in 1647, Jan Baptist Weenix always signed his name in its Italian form.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1621 - before 1663
Full title
A Huntsman cutting up a Dead Deer, with Two Deerhounds
Date made
1647-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
196 x 265 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Henry Reene to the British Museum, 1756; transferred, 1880
Inventory number
NG1096
Location in Gallery