The bird confronting the frog is a male brambling, and there is a male chaffinch above. To the left are a female chaffinch and a tree sparrow. The moths are emperor moths, and there is a small tortoiseshell butterfly to the left and painted lady to the right.

There are the remains of a signature and the date 1668 over the hole in the tree trunk, which makes it one of the earliest known dated works by d'Hondecoeter. The attribution to d'Hondecoeter is confirmed by a signed painting (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum) in which the birds, trees and most of the butterflies and fungi are repeated.

Key facts

Artist dates
1636 - 1695
Full title
Birds, Butterflies and a Frog among Plants and Fungi
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
68.3 x 56.8 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by J. Whitworth Shaw, 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery