Peter Tillemans Foxhunting in Wooded Country c.1720–30

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Artist
Peter Tillemans c.1684–1734
Title
Foxhunting in Wooded Country
Date c.1720–30
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1022 x 1172 mm
frame: 1241 x 1378 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Reference
T02376
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1650

Display caption

This hunting scene shows the moment just before the kill: the fox is cornered
by the hounds, for the winding river on the left leaves no way out. The Flemish painter Tillemans was one of the first artists to produce sporting pictures in Britain. Scenes of hunting and racing
were to become a stock subject in
British art. The idea of ordinary men
and wealthy landowners working
in harmony with their dogs and horses provides an enduring, and to many people reassuring, ideal of country life.

October 2002

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