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ID number:  BIRBI-2001.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  d'Hondecoeter, Mehkior (1636-1695)
Title / Object name:  A Hen with Chicks, a Rooster and Pigeons in a Landscape
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  about 1675
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  96.5 x 78.7 cm unframed; 115 x 96.9 x 9.3cm framed
Provenance:  Possibly Joseph Vallette; his sale, Schley, Amsterdam, 26 August 1807 (lot 89), purchased by du Pree for 131 florins; Mr C. E. Simpson sale, Christie's, 25 February 1911, purchased by Mr Lesser; Lesser sale (deceased estate), Christie's, 10 February 1912 (lot 68); Goudstikker (Amsterdam?); Sloane, New York; purchased by Trafalgar Galleries, London, 1971; purchased from Trafalgar Galleries, London in 2001 with assistance from the Resource/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

Hondecoeter was the most important specialist bird painter of the day. Here, he typically combines a faithful depiction of different species, based on a striking technique, with a subtle characterisation of the birds. Each chick has a different personality, ranging from upright and confident to shy and retiring, amounting to an almost human drama. In the centre, the mother hen catches our eye as in a portrait, whilst the rooster keeps a fatherly watch over everything. The artist includes his trademark stray feathers in the foreground.

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