Francis Barlow

A Roller, Two Peregrine Falcons and a Long-Eared Owl with her Young

Not on display
Francis Barlow ?1626–1704
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1060 x 1372 mm
frame: 1270 x 1580 x 90 mm
Purchased 1971

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Barlow is the earliest known British-born animal painter. He began a tradition that reached a high-point in the work of George Stubbs a century later. During Barlow’s lifetime animal paintings were still largely associated with decorative arts and the interior design of houses.

The birds shown here are both exotic and unusual; they symbolise knowledge, wealth and power. Peregrine falcons are supreme birds of prey traditionally used in falconry, the sport of monarchs and aristocrats. Falcons, rollers and long-eared owls were not native species to Britain, adding an air of exoticism to the picture.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Francis Barlow 1626(?)–1704

T1402 A Roller, Two Peregrine Falcons and a Long-Eared Owl with her Young

Not inscribed.
Canvas, 41¾ x 54 (106 x 142).
Purchased from Arthur Ackermann and Son Ltd (Grant-in-Aid) 1971.
Coll: ...; Miss Parker-Rhodes; sold Sotheby’s, 24 February 1971 (98), bt. Baile; Arthur Ackermann and Son Ltd.

Possibly painted as an over-mantel or over-door.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.



A Roller, two Peregrine Falcons and a Long-eared Owl with her Young, date not known: By Francis Barlow

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