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Dead Birds in a Landscape
Jan Fyt

The dead birds are a brace of partridges, a greenfinch, chaffinch, brambling, robin and quail. It has been suggested that the object behind the tree trunk is a bird trap, but it is more likely to be a birdcage used to carry a decoy bird or a bird of prey.

Fyt specialised in painting still lifes, animals and flowers, and the almost frothy brushwork evident in this work is characteristic of his handling.

Key facts
Artist Jan Fyt
Artist dates 1611 - 1661
Full title Dead Birds in a Landscape
Date made probably 1640s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 41.6 x 56.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number NG1003
Location in Gallery Not on display
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