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This picture is one of a pair of early masterpieces by Oudry, presenting two monumental buffets, overflowing with the food and game, which would probably have hung in a room used for dining. Solemnity is banished in 'The Dead Roe', despite the still life of dead animals, by the juxtaposition of the blooming hollyhocks, the lavish architectural setting, and the witty touch of the dog taunted by an escaped pheasant. Calculated artifice of this kind, combining nature and fancy, is characteristic of the genre pittoresque, the new French ornamental style of the 1720s.

The Wallace Collection





oil on canvas


H 193 x W 260 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, after 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN England

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