attributed to Francis Barlow

Hen and Her Chicks, ca. 1650-1680
Dulwich (London), Dulwich Picture Gallery, [..]
Object information
Object category
canvas, oil paint
The canvas has an old lining. The varnish has yellowed but the appearance is acceptable. Some discoloured restoration can be seen in the background. Previous recorded treatment: 1952-55, Dr Hell (Sophia Plender).
rectangle (landscape format) 62,5 x 79 cm
Current attribution
attributed to Francis Barlow
N. Kalinsky in Kalinsky/Waterfield et al., 1987: 'Whilst he (Barlow) did paint poultry in a manner very similar to Cartwright's chickens, there is no evidence to suggest that this work is by him.' However, a drawing by Barlow in Tate Britain (T08094; RKD, no. 270193), a study for an etching published in the 1650s (T11583) is in style and scale certainly by the same hand; in a drawing by Barlow in the British Museum (1858,0626.408; RKD, no. 270186) the young of the pelican are comparable to the chickens on this picture, as are the birds on Barlow's The Decoy at Clandon Park, National Trust, 1441517 (RKD, no. 273442) (Michiel Jonker).
Exact or approximate dating of the described art work; the search parameters adopted for this art work in this database, are found in brackets.
c. 1650-1680 (1650 - 1680)
Barlow published a model book of birds c. 1650-1655 (Multae et diversae avius species); additionally, he worked at Pyrford Court from c. 1665, where his pictures were seen in August 1681 by the diarist John Evelyn
Artistically related
Artistically related to other work
Such as a preparatory studie, comparable composition, other version, or copy of the artwork in this record.
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Visual documentation
Creation date: 2015-12-22; Last modified date: 2021-03-28


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