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Philips Koninck, An Extensive Landscape with a Hawking Party

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Full title An Extensive Landscape with a Hawking Party
Artist Philips Koninck
Artist dates 1619 - 1688
Date made probably about 1670
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 132.5 × 160.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1871
Inventory number NG836
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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An Extensive Landscape with a Hawking Party
Philips Koninck

In this enormous painting, Philips Koninck shows us a panorama of the Dutch countryside under a vast sky. What seems an almost deserted stretch of land is actually peopled with many figures: the women washing clothes in the stream, a man fishing and a small figure brandishing a stick as he rides a make-believe hobby horse.

On the road, to the left, is the hawking party. Coming round a bend near a grassy mound topped with scrubby bushes, an elegant man in a feathered hat points away across the countryside. Beside him, a woman in a white bonnet and shawl rides side saddle. In front of them, a servant carries their hooded hawks on a frame hanging from his shoulders, one bird fluttering its wings to keep balance as he strides along. Far behind them, beyond another couple on horseback, a second servant hurries along to catch them up. A hawk sits on his wrist and his dogs run beside him.

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