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Title A Stag Hunt
Collection Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Artist Wyck, Jan (Dutch painter, ca. 1640 - 1700, active in England)
Date Earliest probably 1665
Date Latest probably 1675
Signed yes

Figures on horseback in the left foreground are shown riding towards the middle distance, hunting a stag. The catching of the stag is represented in the pendant (inv. no. P 54).

Hunting has long had aristocratic associations. During the seventeenth century a revival of hunting scenes occurred in art. Many Flemish artists, including Wyck, Rubens and Snyders, represented this theme in their paintings to appeal to a broad clientele comprising the upper and middle classes. These paintings appealed to the middle classes because of their desire to emulate an upper-class lifestyle.

Current Accession Number P53
Former Accession Number P.E.52
Inscription front ll 'J.Wyck'
Subject landscape; animal (horse, dog); figure
Measurements 62.2 x 73.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Cecil Higgins 1949.
Provenance Purchased by Cecil Higgins from Frederick Jones, Tavistock Street, Bedford, 1921-1949.
Publications Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, pp. 6, 221, 232.
Notes In 1985 the museum consulted Christopher Brown on the dating of the pair of paintings by Wyck, inv. nos. P 53 and P 54. He responded that few dated works by Wyck survive and that these are often battle scenes or history paintings. However, he felt that the Italianate style of the landscape would indicate a date of about 1665-70, shortly after Wyck's arrival in England.
Rights Owner Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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