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Title Still Life with a Dead Hare
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to manner of Fyt, Jan (Flemish painter, 1611-1661)
Date Earliest possibly about 1660
Date Latest possibly about 1700

A dead hare is set upside down against a basket full of poultry, near a string of sausages and a basket of peaches and grapes. A fragment of Ionic column can be seen against a landscape with buildings beyond.

This painting could be the work of a follower of Jan Fyt, who adopted a characteristic tonal palette and dynamic treatment of the genre. The use of chiaroscuro (extreme contrasts of light and dark) suggests the influence of Italian still-life painting.

Current Accession Number B.M.190
Former Accession Number No. 45
Inscription front ur 'J. FYT.'
Subject still life (fruit, game)
Measurements 83.5 x 108.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Purchased by John and Joséphine Bowes from Benjamin Gogué, Paris, 1862, for 350 francs.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón; Dr Howard Coutts




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