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Three Butterflies, a Beetle and other Insects, with a Cutting of Ragwort

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Jan van Kessel was a versatile painter of still life in Antwerp, best known for his small paintings on copper on which he painted insects, shells and flowers similar to the works in Oxford. Together with 'A Cockchafer, Beetle, Woodlice and other Insects, with a Sprig of Auricula'; 'Various Spiders and Caterpillars, with a Sprig of Gooseberry' and 'A Dragon-fly, two Moths, a Spider and some Beetles, with wild Strawberries'; this little picture may have formed part of a larger set of painted fronts for small drawers in a cabinet.

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  • Date

    early 1650s

  • Medium

    oil on copper

  • Measurements

    9 x 13 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939


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