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Jan Griffier spent most of his career in England where he usually painted topographical views. This immense painting was probably commissioned from the artist by Sir John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe Court, Somerset, and it remained in the Great Hall at Nettlecombe for almost 300 years. The subject was an unusual choice for an English gentleman's home, where hunting scenes were more familiar, although many of the prominent animals are native English species.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on canvas
H 374 x W 374 cm
purchased with the assistance of a generous anonymous benefactor, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the G. W. S. Melhuish Bequest, the Art Fund, the Peter John Blyth Art Fund, the Wills Fund, a private trust fund and the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, 1992