An Animal Scene

attributed to Pieter Boel (Antwerp 1622 – Paris 1674)
National Trust Inventory Number 247859

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1642 - 1674
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 819 x 1206 mm (32 1/4 x 47 1/2 in)
Place of origin Flanders
Collection Ardress House, County Armagh (Accredited Museum)
On show at Ardress House, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, National Trust

A troop of animals have halted on a journey in an exotic landscape. An eclectic mix of a monkey, a donkey, goats, birds including a peacock, rabbits and guinea-pigs gather together laden with household wares. A cow peeps in on the right.

The scene evokes a biblical diaspora but are they travelling alone, or do they have a human companion, the artist himself perhaps?

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, An Animal Scene, attributed to Pieter Boel (Antwerp 1622 – Paris 1674). A peacock and other birds, goats, a donkey, rabbits and guinea pigs. The attribution to Boel, a pupil of Snyders and one of the best still-life artists of the later 17th Century, is a tentative suggestion of the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD). A similar scene is in the Musée de Soissons, France. The picture was formerly attributed to Jan Fyt and is hung as a pair with NT 247860.


On loan from Earl Castle Stewart

Credit line

Ardress House, The Castle Stewart Collection

Makers and roles

attributed to Pieter Boel (Antwerp 1622 – Paris 1674), artist
previously catalogued as attributed to Jan Fyt (Antwerp 1611 – Antwerp 1661), artist

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Materials Canvas (10115)
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Periods 17th century (33416)
Maker Pieter Boel (Antwerp 1622 – Paris 1674) (8)
Jan Fyt (Antwerp 1611 – Antwerp 1661) (8)
Subjects Animals (641)
Object Type Oil painting (14421)

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