Oil on canvas, in a carved and giltwood frame, 114.5cm by 147.5cm. A pair to PIC120.
The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) in Rome in 1684, whilst on his second Grand Tour.
It is listed in the 1688 Burghley Inventory: ‘Midle or 4th Roome and ye 2 Clossetts… 2 peices of Birds & Beasts over ye Doores done by David of Rome.’
It is thought that David de Coninck was born in Antwerp, moving to work in Paris and Rome, before returning to Antwerp and later to Brussels. He specialised in still lifes, landscapes with animals and hunting scenes and was a major influence on the work of French, Italian and Dutch artists in the genre.