Gamepiece with a Dead Heron ("Falconer's Bag")

Artist: Jan Weenix (Dutch, Amsterdam ca. 1641?–1719 Amsterdam)

Date: 1695

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 52 3/4 x 43 3/4 in. (134 x 111.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1950

Accession Number: 50.55


Jan Weenix was the son of the Italianate landscape and genre painter Jan Baptist Weenix (1621–1660/61) and the nephew of Melchior d’Hondecoeter (whose Peacocks hangs nearby). This "hunting trophy" was probably intended for a town house, but it evokes life on a huge estate in another European country. The ends of a hunting horn emerge from beneath the heron’s wings. Two falcon hoods are tucked into the flora and fauna on the right, and to the lower left is a bird whistle made from leather bellows and a lobster claw.