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Rendez-vous de chasse

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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‘Rendes-vous de chasse’ was originally conceived as another fête galante, with a château in the centre and a seated woman on the right. The hunstmen and their accoutrements, which now transform the scene into a ‘Hunting Party’, were added at a later stage. They were plucked by the artist from earlier sources; the group of gentlemen helping the lady to dimount appears in Callot’s famous engraving ‘The Impruneta Fair’, the young man standing with a gun and four dogs on the left is copied from an engraving by Pietro Testa and Watteau’s own early works provided the quotations of the dead hare, partridges and horses on the right.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1717–1718

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 124.5 x W 189 cm

Accession number

P416

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1865; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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