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A Cat Guarding Songbirds, by David de Coninck (c1636-c1699).

Oil on canvas, 36cm by 46.5cm. In a carved and gilded frame.

The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter whilst on one of his first Grand Tours and appears in the 1688 Burghley Inventory:  “My Lord’s Clossett…a Catt & birds litle (sic) picture no frame ___ by —”

De Coninck, a Fleming, was an accomplished painter of birds and animals, usually in a landscape setting and often depicting scenes of great activity, with some of his subjects under attack. The suggestion here is that the attack has already taken place.



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