Oil painting on canvas, A Cock and Turkey fighting, in a Park Setting, with other Fowl, by Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695), signed M. D. Hondecoeter. A view of an ornamental garden in which a cock and turkey are fighting in the left foreground, in front of fragments of masonry. A hen with her chicks looks on at the right. Two cockerels stand on the masonry, at the top left, while a bird swoops down to the right. In the background ornamental birds gather in the grounds of the formal garden, including a peacock perched on a plinth, its tail hanging down to the ground.
Purchased by Colnaghi for the National Trust from the sale of paintings from Dyrham Park at Sotheby's, 29 February 1956, lot 48.
Dyrham Park, The Blathwayt Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
M. D. Hondecoeter
Makers and roles
Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695), artist
Catalogue of Old Master paintings the property of J. R. W. Blathwayt, Esq. ., lot 48
Inventory of Chattels at Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, to be Purchased by the Minister of Works, 1956, p.8, no.399, in the White Bedroom