X-ray photographs reveal that the dog and dead game have been painted over the figure of a wounded man lying on the ground. These alterations must have been made after 1825, when it was included in a sale in its original state.

The painting is an early work, dating from the mid-1650s when de Hooch was still living in Delft. He painted several pictures depicting barn interiors with figures.

Key facts

Artist dates
1629 - 1684
Full title
A Man with Dead Birds, and Other Figures, in a Stable
Date made
about 1655
Medium and support
Oil on oak
53.5 x 49.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by F.N. and O.S. Ashcroft in memory of their parents, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery