Francis Barlow A Roller, Two Peregrine Falcons and a Long-Eared Owl with her Young date not known

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Artist
Francis Barlow ?1626–1704
Title
A Roller, Two Peregrine Falcons and a Long-Eared Owl with her Young
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1060 x 1372 mm
frame: 1270 x 1580 x 90 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1971
Reference
T01402

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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.

September 2004

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