Dead Birds in a Landscape

The dead birds are a brace of partridges, a greenfinch, chaffinch, brambling, robin and quail. It has been suggested that the object behind the tree trunk is a bird trap, but it is more likely to be a birdcage used to carry a decoy bird or a bird of prey.

Fyt specialised in painting still lifes, animals and flowers, and the almost frothy brushwork evident in this work is characteristic of his handling.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1611 - 1661
Full title
Dead Birds in a Landscape
Date made
probably 1640s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
41.6 x 56.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG1003
Location in Gallery