Signed l.c.l.: IVDK.
Oil on canvas, 151cm by 134.5cm.
The artist was Flemish by birth and was born Jacob van de Kerkhoven in Antwerp. However, he spent most of his working life in Italy and was much patronised by the 5th Earl of Exeter whilst on the Grand Tour. The Earl’s account book for 1684 records: “Pd. Giacomo for 3 pieces of beasts and birds, 25 cestini” and the 1688 Inventory records: “6th Roome…..3 Pictures over the Doores of Birds and Beasts done by Jacamo di Castello”.