This picture shows an imaginary landscape with a stag hunt. The fashionable attire of the hunters underscores the fact that hunting on horseback was a privilege reserved to the aristocracy in 17th-century Holland. The beautifully drawn horses, the white horse in particular, are a trademark of Wouwermans. On the hill on the right a hermit outside his hut can also be made out. This was perhaps intended as a moralising counterpoint to the leisurely pursuits of the elegant hunters. The fluid style of this picture is characteristic of the artist's later years.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN