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A Garden Scene with Waterfowl

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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There are really two subjects of this painting. The landscape creates a slightly mysterious air. The trees are backlit by a bright sky, and the long reflection across the pond leads our eye to the open gate beyond. It seems we are in a walled park or the formal gardens of a grand house. Then there is the activity in the foreground. A gaggle of ducks and exotic waterfowl – fashionable among wealthy landowners at the time – flock to the woman who is feeding them from the window of a garden house.

The National Gallery, London



A Garden Scene with Waterfowl


probably about 1660-5


Oil on canvas


H 33.7 x W 45.8 cm

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Presented by John P. Heseltine, 1918

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