Boar Hunting after Abraham Daniëlsz. Hondius -Early 19th-century chalk drawing


An original early 19th-century chalk drawing, Boar Hunting after Abraham Daniëlsz. Hondius.

This dramatic chalk study of two dogs involved in the attack of a wild boar. The subject is after a 1672 oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Abraham Daniëlsz. Hondius.

In black chalk with grisaille watercolour wash and white bodycolour highlights. On blue-grey paper.


Some minor age toning, visible lower right, and slight rippling to the paper in places. A section of the right-hand edge has been cut away, as shown. 
25.8cm x 18.8cm.

This work is one of a number of dog pictures we have for sale, representing the importance of animals in Victorian culture. The status, role and significance of animals and the animals kingdom were issues at the forefront of scientific investigation at the time, particularly in the context of Darwin’s theory of evolution. The relationship between animals and humans in particular could be explored successfully in visual art, and these pictures are testament to that – featuring hunting dog scenes, dogs as man’s best friend and dogs afforded almost human qualities.

This work forms part of a fascinating larger collection of mainly equestrian pictures which we have for sale, connected with two highly regarded horse painters: Charles Loraine-Smith (1751-1835), a keen horseman known for his early hunting and sporting scenes, and Charles Cooper Henderson (1803-1877), the pre-eminent painter of Victorian horses and coaches. At a time when animal painting was seen as a ‘lower’ form of art, these artists were pioneering in establishing the respectability and status of the genre. The story of why these pictures have come together is a mystery, but it is possible that the collection was at one time owned by Charles Cooper Henderson: our collection includes a watercolour by William James Müller – and, interestingly, Charles’s brother, the distinguished art collector John Henderson, was an avid collector of Müller’s works.

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Product code: JJ-819

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