Still life with game birds & implements of the chase on a draped stone ledge

WILLIAM GOWE FERGUSON (1632-1695)

Still life with game birds & implements of the chase on a draped stone ledge

17th century Netherlands

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Gamepieces formed a small but coherent genre of work, popular in many northern European countries as decoration for the dining-rooms, gunrooms, garden rooms and studies of country houses. Ferguson may have specialized in this genre from the time of his training in Scotland, since he would have found a local market for it; when he moved to Holland he discovered a group of Dutch masters such as Jan Baptist Weenix and Melchior d’Hondecoeter, as well as van Aelst, Ruysdael, Lelienbergh and Vonck, who were expert painters of game. He was influenced by some of his peers, but his great skill in the depiction of birds, his draftsmanship, use of light & colour and evocation of texture, are equal to theirs, if not occasionally surpassing it. This example is characteristic of his dramatic compositions, and displays to the full his facility for reproducing form and texture.
Dimensions
Height 81.30 cm (32.01 inches)
Width 64.80 cm (25.51 inches)
External Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
External Width 83.50 cm (32.87 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
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