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Attributed to Dutch School , Dutch Abattoir Scene

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Title Dutch Abattoir Scene
Collection Bridport Museum Trust
Artist Attributed to Dutch School
Date Earliest possibly about 1700
Date Latest possibly about 1750
Description This subject of a slaughtered pig hung upside down while two children blow up its bladder as a balloon had several precedents in Dutch seventeenth-century paintings. As well as depicting a vital aspect of everyday life, the preparation of meat for the family meal, there were also symbolic connotations attached. The notion of the sacrifice, for example, could have religious implications. The Vanitas was also a popular concept, intended as a reminder of mortality and the transience of life. This aspect is particularly resonant in this painting with the young children blithely playing with the remains of the dead animal.
Current Accession Number BRPMG:E1515
Subject figure; everyday life; animal (pig)
Measurements 77.6 x 64.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Possibly given by Mrs W. H. Hildebrand 1938 or bequeathed by Miss V. K. Hildebrand 1969.
Provenance Possibly Lt. Col. W. H. Hildebrand, d. 1938; possibly by descent to Mrs W. H. Hildebrand or Miss V. K. Hildebrand.

Back of canvas: '49'. Back of stretcher: '5095'.

For discussion of the subject of the slaughtered animal with particular reference to David Teniers II see Sutton, P. C., The Age of Rubens, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1994, cat. no. 69.

Rights Owner Bridport Museum Trust
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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