As well as a cockerel, hens and chicks, there is a pigeon and a finch (above left).

D'Hondecoeter specialised in large-scale decorative canvases of birds. It can be compared to a similar picture (Karlsruhe, Kunsthalle) which is signed and dated 1668, and was probably painted at about the same time. The chick in the left foreground appears in both pictures.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1636 - 1695
Full title
A Cock, Hens and Chicks
Date made
about 1668-70
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
85.5 x 110 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1847
Inventory number
NG202
Location in Gallery