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Old Masters, Sporting, Hunting Dog, Oudry, Antique Watercolor, 18th C.
Alexandre-François Desportes or Jean Baptiste Oudry (manner of) Study of Hunting Dog
French: 2nd Half 18th Century
Watercolor on laid paper watermarked D & C Blauw
9.75 x 13 inches, overall
14.5 x 18 inches, frame
An accomplished study of a barking dog, likely for a hunt scene. The unusual vantage point takes an animal’s point of view, looking up into the dog’s mouth at its pointed white teeth and curling pink tongue.
This study is probably by a French or Continental artist working in the 18th century. It resembles the work of Alexandre-François Desportes (1661-1743) and Jean Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), both of whom produced a number of paintings of sporting and hunting scenes featuring dogs in the first half of the 18th century. The paper bears the watermark of D. & C. Blauw, a Dutch firm that produced paper in wide use in Europe from the second half of the 18th century into the 19th century.