Birds and Beasts, by Jacopo da Castello (1640-1705).

Oil on canvas, 110.5cm by 135cm.

A Fleming by birth, da Castello spent most of his working life in Italy.

He was much patronised by John, 5th Earl of Exeter(1648-1700), who purchased this painting in Padua.

His account book for 1684 records: ‘Pd Giacomo for 3 pieces of beasts and birds, 25 zechini.’

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘6th Roome…..3 Pictures over the Doores of Birds and Beasts done by Jacamo di Castello.’


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