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Painting Title Dead Partridges
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Manner of Dutch School
Date Earliest possibly about 1820
Date Latest possibly about 1880
Description Two dead partridges are hanging on a wall. Such depictions follow an old tradition which can be traced back to the early 16th century - the earliest example would be Still-Life with Partridge and Iron Gloves by Jacopo de'Barbari (1504, Alte Pinakothek, Munich) and there are also similar drawings by Lucas Cranach the Elder. In the 17th century such trompe l'oeil hunting pieces were painted by Dutch and Flemish artists. Well-known pictures of dead partridges were created by Jan Baptist Weenix (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1621 - 1660 or 1661). It is likely that these kinds of paintings were destined for the rooms of a hunting lodge and they were intended to be as illusionistic as possible. Hunting was an activity of aristocracy, so game pieces were associated with prestige and were popular household ornaments expressing social status.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 307
Subject still life
Measurements 41.9 x 31.8 cm
Material oil on millboard
Acquisition Details Given by J. Myers 1893.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 119 as late 19th century; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 348 as by unknown artist c. 1880-1899.
Notes It is probably a British painting and might be attributed to a follower of Stephen Elmer (c.1714-1796), who painted mainly wild birds in the landscape, but also created some still-lifes of hanging dead birds. The painting is on millboard, which was introduced about the end of the eighteenth century in England and appears in the earliest sales lists of Charles Roberson in 1819.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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