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The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow 2017
"Hunting the Stag"
CRE WOUWERMAN, Philips; (Dutch; 1619-1668)
oil on panel
47.3 x 59.0
68.0 x 79.0
s. "Phils Wouwerman" [PHILS in a monogram]
A 150 SCHUMACHER, Birgit 2006 Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668). Horse Painter of the Golden Age, Doornspijk 2006
From the founder, Dr, Hunter's collection; it is not known when or how Hunter acquired it. In the Dutch Republic, a country where the majority of art collectors were urban-based businessmen, hunting provided an escape from the daily routine. This collection features two hunting paintings attributed to the noted equestrian and landscape artist, Philips Wouwerman, from Haarlem. Wouwerman was the outstanding Dutch painter of hunting subjects in the middle of the 17th century. He was particularly admired for his spirited treatment of horses. His works were consistently sought after in Hunter's time. The other Wouwerman, the Landscape with Falconers, depicts hawking, which was a popular activity among all classes, including the peasants seen here. Conversely, Hunting the Stag shows a sport practised only by the middle and upper classes. Schumacher dates it to around 1650. Wouwerman chose this subject matter for the pure variety of ways he could depict people and horses in a landscape setting. The sheer volume of his hunting paintings suggests they were painted off the peg for a buoyant bourgeois market. He was immensely popular, and commanded high prices, so his buyers were probably fairly successful merchants.
Bequeathed by Dr William Hunter, 1783
LANDSCAPE : ANIMAL : FIGURE : DOG : HORSE : SPORT : HUNTER 2007 : NIRP2005 : NIRP2005 : ON DISPLAY :