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This painting depicts a stable scene with a horse, three men and two dogs. The dogs are being set to fight and a broom lies abandoned in the foreground. One of the men appears to be a stable hand. The painting is somewhat convivial with a lounging gentleman in a red coat, watching the two kneeling men with the dogs, in a warm light. Before the nineteenth century blood sports, such as cockfighting and bull-baiting, were fairly common and were seen as entertainment.
oil on canvas
43 x 55 cm
unknown acquisition method