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Still celebrated in the nineteenth century as “the Raphael of animals,” Hondecoeter painted gamepieces, fish still lifes, and especially groupings of live birds. His bird paintings were extremely popular and frequently imitated during his lifetime. Depicted with accuracy and meticulous...

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Inscription

Upper center on stone wall: Melchio d hondecoeter

Provenance

Until 1907, Edward Balfour, Esq. (b. 1849 - d. 1927), Balbirnie, Fife, Scotland; May 31, 1907, Balfour sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 140, to Gooden and Fox, London; 1907, sold by Gooden and Fox to the MFA for $16,650 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: August 8, 1907) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 07.499 - 07.502 were acquired together for $16,650.

Credit Line

Julia Bradford Huntington James Fund

Dimensions

121.9 x 156.5 cm (48 x 61 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

07.501

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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