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Bear hunting

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A bear is attacked by some dogs. Such hunting scenes were frequently produced. Generally such works were intended to show the client’s status. Hunting was reserved for the nobility and whoever hunted was naturally a member of the aristocracy. If somebody who was not of the nobility hunted, he was a poacher. Commoners also often purchased this type of painting to try to create the impression that they enjoyed an aristocratic life style. The work has a boar hunt as a pendant. Both paintings which Hondius produced in 1672 in London are in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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Title Bear hunting
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 66,5 cm
Height 57 cm
Artists Painter: Abraham Hondius
Accession number 1329 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1865
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1865
Creation date in 1672
Internal exhibitions Vierendertig honden voor meneer en mevrouw Okkens (2012)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture London > England > Great Britian > United Kingdom > Northern Europe > Europe

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Abraham Hondius

Rotterdam circa 1631 - Londen 1691

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