A Dead Swan and Peacock

Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719)
National Trust Inventory Number 436162

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1708 (signed and dated) - 1708
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1700 x 1500 mm (67 x 59 in)
Place of origin Holland
Collection Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Belton House, Lincolnshire, Midlands, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Dead Swan and Peacock, by Jan Weenix the younger (1642-1719), signed and dated J Weenix 1708. The dead swan and peacock are hanging from a tree, with other dead brids and a basket of fruit in a garden landscape by a sculptured urn.


Purchased by Sir Abraham Hume from Christie's, 18 June 1836, lot 44, from the collection of Sir Charles Bagot, KB (1781-1843); bequeathed by him to John Hume Egerton, Viscount Alford (1812-1851); thence by descent until given with Belton House to the National Trust by Edward, 7th Baron Brownlow in 1984.

Credit line

Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)

Marks and inscriptions

Lower left: J Weenix 1708

Makers and roles

Jan Weenix the younger (Amsterdam 1642 – Amsterdam 1719), artist


Belton House, Lincolnshire, 1984 [The National Trust], 1984
Belton House, Lincolnshire, 1987 [The National Trust; Jonathan Marsden], 1985, revised 1987, The smaller picture of a dead swan over the fireplace, surrounded by gilt wood-carvings possibly by the Victorian restorer, W. G. Rogers, is by Hondecoeter's contemporary, Jan Weenix."
Wright 1989 Christopher Wright, Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century: Images of a Golden Age in British Collections, London and Birmingham, 1989
Arnold 1991 Bruce Arnold, The Art Atlas of Britain & Ireland, London, 1991
Laing 1991 Alastair Laing, 'Whence this clutch of four?', Country Life, vol.CLXXXVI, 1991, pp.172-3
Belton House [The National Trust; Adrian Tinniswood] 1992, 1996, 1999, 191 Dead Swan and Peacock. JAN WEENIX the younger (1642-1719). Signed and dated 1708. Not part of the original scheme with the Hondecoeters, but complementing them perfectly. The younger Weenix was a cousin of Hondecoeter and specialised in such large and decorative game-pieces.

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