Born in Utrecht, where he studied with his father Gillis and his uncle Jan Baptist Weenix, Hondecoeter had moved by 1659 to The Hague, where he became head of the painter's confraternity. By 1663 he had settled in Amsterdam. He specialised in large decorative paintings of birds. This is one of six Hondecoeter canvases which hung in the dining room of 3 Cavendish Square, the London home of Emily Charlotte (d.1918), a daughter of Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot of Margam Abbey and Penrice Castle. It includes a swan, pheasant, shelducks, a goldeneye and a flying teal, before a wreathed urn and a broken balustrade and entablature.
Where to see this painting?
National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff
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