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Title A Boar Hunt
Collection Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Artist Hondius, Abraham (Dutch painter, ca. 1625-1691)
Date Earliest about 1670
Date Latest about 1680
Signed yes
Description Boar being hunted by dogs shown in close-up in the foreground. A black, female boar fighting with two dogs to protect her young. The first white and tan dog has fallen backwards in pain with signs of blood on his chest. The boar looks fiercely at the next attacking dog, baring her teeth at him. This second dog attacks, teeth bared with hair standing on end. Behind the she-boar, the face of a second, smaller boar, undoubtedly her baby, mouth open. Behind the second dog, a black pointer, behind him, a fourth approaches, teeth bared. Behind the boar, a large gnarled tree. Trees on both sides of the composition create a 'window' through which can be seen a distant landscape of hills and trees. A wild and violent scene echoed in the dark, twisted foreground trees and foliage.
Current Accession Number OP517
Inscription front ll 'Abraham Hondius'
Subject animal
Measurements 68.6 x 82.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Rupert Kettle 1885.
Provenance Robert Strange sale, Christie's, 6 May 1775, lot 110 as A Boar Defending Young Ones, bought by Mr Dundas, 31,10,0 (?); Sir L. Dundas sale, Greenwood, 31 May 1794, lot 9 as Hunting Wild Boar (26 x 32) (?); John Woodhouse sale, Christie's, 14 February 1801, lot 55 as Hunting the Wild Boar (?).
Notes History file notes that 'A Hondius Boar Hunt was sold at Christie's Saturday, 8 December 1883, collection of Edward Fitzgerald of Little Grange, Woodbridge'. On the stretcher in blue chalk: '8' shaped mark. On the side of stretcher, another mark + 5555. Hondius was born in Rotterdam 1625 and died in London, 1695. He moved to London in 1666 where he spent the rest of his life. Hondius's style did not develop much during this period. However, Roland Fleischer of Penn State University has suggested that Hondius was particularly active in painting such subjects during this decade the 1670s.
Rights Owner Courtesy of Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth




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