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A Park with a Swan and Other Birds

HONDECOETER, Melchior d' (1636 - 1695)

A Park with a Swan and Other Birds

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 213.0 x 213.0 cm

Acquired: 1919; Bequest; Emily Talbot

Accession Number: NMW A 2032

This is one of six canvases by the Antwerp painter Melchior d'Hondecoter which hung in the London home of Emily Charlotte, a daughter of C.R.M. Talbot (1803-90) of Margam Abbey and PenriceCastle. It depicts a country house park with fowl before a fountain and an ornamental terrace with statues and figures. Hondecoeter specialized in large decorative canvases populated with live birds. He painted both domestic and exotic birds with great realism, emphasizing their beauty of their colours and textures. Here European birds are shown alongside a peacock, a North American turkey and an African crowned crane in front of a fountain on an ornamental terrace.  Such paintings were often used to decorate the country houses of wealthy Dutch patrons. 


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