A stag is surrounded by hounds and by hunters on foot and on horseback in a river in a forest. The figures are noticeably expensively dressed and so they are probably aristocrats. In the Netherlands of the 17th century hunting remained a royal and aristocratic prerogative.

Berchem painted the figures and animals and Hackaert the landscape. Such collaborations between specialist painters was rather common in the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The inscription above the signature does not seem to be by Berchem, but is probably contemporary. It may be the name of the patron for whom the picture was painted but a Monsieur Seron has not been identified.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1628/9 - after 1685; 1620 - 1683
Full title
A Stag Hunt in a Forest
Date made
probably about 1660
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
99.7 x 120 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG829
Location in Gallery