Signed: DAVID. DE CONINCK f.
Oil on canvas, 122cm by 169cm.
This Flemish artist was an accomplished painter of animals and birds in landscape settings, often depicting scenes of great activity with fighting cats and dogs, packs of dogs attacking game and birds of prey attacking poultry. He had a studio in Rome from 1671-1694 and was patronised by the 5th Earl of Exeter, who made several purchases of outstanding works by him. This painting, purchased in Rome, circa 1684 is in the 1688 Inventory: “The Passage by ye Hall Stairs….1 peice of Doggs &wild Catts by — “