Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds

Hendriks was an exceptionally versatile painter, and well versed in the work of his 17th-century predecessors. He made copies after Frans Hals and other painters of the Golden Age, as well as paintings inspired by them. This still life was painted in the manner of Jan van Os, whose work is also represented in the National Gallery. Hendriks’s refined brushwork captures the varied textures of the abundant display with astonishing effect, from the cool marble ledge to the birds’ soft plumage; and from the musty bloom of the grapes to the spiky tips of the pineapple.

Key facts

Artist dates
1744 - 1831
Full title
Fruit, Flowers and Dead Birds
Date made
about 1780
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
67.7 x 54.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery