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Rabbit hunt


Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Pieter the Elder Bruegel (ca. 1525-1569)

Hieronymus Cock (ca.1510-1570)


Height: 22.2 cm (sheet); Width: 29.9 cm (sheet); Width: 29.1 cm (plate mark); Height: 22.2 cm (plate mark);

Inscription, inscribed, printed & ink, lower right & recto:
H. Cock excu
Inscription, inscribed, printed & ink, lower left & recto:
the last two digits of the dated mistakenly transposed BRVEGEL 1506

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
On a hill overlooking a river, a hunter takes aim at two rabbits as his dog looks on and another hunter appears to stalk him with a spear. The subject may illustrate a proverb: ‘He who pursues two rabbits at once, will lose both’. Bruegel designed numerous engravings for other artists to execute, but this rare etching is the only print he executed himself. The freedom afforded by the etching technique allowed him to render the scene with remarkable naturalism and to vividly evoke light and atmosphere. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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