Oil on canvas, 146cm by 110.5cm.
The painting was purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), in Rome in 1684 during his second Grand Tour.
De Coninck, a Fleming, was an accomplished painter of animals and birds in landscape settings.
He often depicted scenes of great activity with fighting cats and dogs, packs of dogs attacking game and birds of prey attacking poultry, and sometimes, as here, more passive ones, after the kill.
He had a studio in Rome from 1671-1694 and was patronised by the 5th Earl, who made several purchases of outstanding works by him.