Oil painting in canvas, Still Life of Dead Game by Dirk Valckenburg (1675-1721), inscribed, bottom edge: ‘D Valkenburg 1710’.Still life of dead game with a brace of woodcock, ducks, pigeon, a kingfisher and a gun in a landscape setting. Born in Amsterdam, the Dutch artist, Dirk Valkenburg is best known for his still life paintings. This painting must have been executed just after his return from the Dutch colony of Surinam in South America, where he was employed by the Amsterdam merchant, Jonas Witsen to work as an artist and book keeper on his plantation, documenting the wildlife and inhabitants of the region.
Purchased by the National Trust by private treaty sale from Lord St Oswald in 2010
Nostell Priory, The St Oswald Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
signed and dated
Makers and roles
Dirk Valckenburg (1675-1721), artist
Brockwell 1915 Maurice Walter Brockwell, Catalogue of the Pictures and Other Works of Art in the Collection of Lord St Oswald at Nostell Priory, London 1915, cat. 290, plate XXX