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The boar hunt

circa 1650s


Frans Snyders


baptised 11 November 1579 - 19 Aug 1657


Snyders was frequently employed by Rubens for whom he painted still-life elements and animals. From the 1610s he specialised increasingly in hunting scenes. The composition of this work is adapted from a picture of the early 1620s in the Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan. The artist later elaborated the scene in two large canvases of which one, signed and dated 1653, is in the British Royal collection at Kensington Palace.



circa 1650s

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


172.0 x 239.0 cm

Signature & date

Signed on the collar of the dog, lower centre left, brown paint "F. Snyd… fecit (indistinct)". Not dated.


Gift of Charles Davies-Scourfield 2005

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Artist information

Frans Snyders

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


John Brooks Close-Brooks, England, of Birtles Hall, near Macclesfield (Cheshire, England); by descent to his great-grandson Charles Davies-Scourfield

Charles Davies-Scourfield, New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Charles Davies-Scourfield 2005

Referenced in 7 publications


Anon., Le courrier australien, no 38, ‘BNP Paribas makes a significant contribution to the collection of Flemish paintings at the Art Gallery of New South Wales’, 2007, p 21, col illus on cover.

Anon., La Fiamma, ‘Art Gallery of NSW adds to its collection of Flemsih paintings’, Leichhardt, 22 Feb 2006, p 18, col illus p 18.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2005, Sydney, 2005, pp 20, 68, col illus p 21 (detail).

Richard Beresford, Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Newsletter 7, ‘Gift: Frans Snyders Boar Hunt’, Sydney, Dec 2005, p [5], col illus p [5].

Paula Dredge, Look, 'A huge project: lifting a veil of old varnish and conserving a treasure', Sydney, May 2006, pp 21–22, col illus p 21.

Paula Dredge, Look, 'The dog under the tree', Sydney, Feb 2008, pp 14–15, col illus p 15.

Malgorzata Sawicki, AICCM Bulletin, vol 32, ‘Laser cleaning from a practical perspective: cleaning tests of varies gilded-wood surfaces using Nd: YAG Compact Phoenix Laser System’, 2011, pp 44–54: pp 46, 49.