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Jan Weenix, A Deerhound with Dead Game and Implements of the Chase

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Full title A Deerhound with Dead Game and Implements of the Chase
Artist Jan Weenix
Artist dates 1642 - 1719
Date made 1708
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 173.5 × 157 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lord Colborne, 1854
Inventory number NG238
Location Room 15 Stairs
Collection Main Collection
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A Deerhound with Dead Game and Implements of the Chase
Jan Weenix

A powerful hound brings life into this picture – surrounded by dead creatures, the dog pauses, head turned, alert to the call of a horn blown by the huntsman on the right. Light bounces off the belly of a hare, the flowing curve of the heron’s wing and the dog’s snout. The artist’s considerable skills in depicting texture are displayed in the furs and feathers of the various beasts, such as the delicate frills of white hair on the dog’s breast.

By 1708, when Jan Weenix was court painter to the Elector Palatine in Düsseldorf, hunting was still largely confined to the aristocracy. This painting may have been commissioned by the Elector for his hunting lodge at Schloss Bensberg, just outside the city.

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