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Jan Wyck, ca. 1645–1700

Heron Hawking below Stirling Castle

Former Title(s):

Hawking Scene

ca. 1690
Oil on canvas
24 1/2 × 24 1/8 inches (62.2 × 61.3 cm)

SIgned, lower left: "JWyck [monogram]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | birds | bow (weapon) | castle | clouds | coat | death | dogs (animals) | hawks | hills | horses (animals) | hounds (dogs) | hunters | hunting | island | lake | men | mountains | party | ribbon | riding boots | riding habit | river | running | sky | sporting art | sportsmen | sword | town | trees | view | woman
Associated Places:
Forth | Scotland | Stirling | Stirling Castle | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Jan Wyck, a Dutch painter working in England, was famous for his battle and hunting scenes. In Wyck’s time, heron hawking was already an ancient aristocratic ritual, verging on the symbolic: a noble and brave bird of prey was set upon the heron, a waterfowl traditionally associated with cowardliness. Here, in the foreground, a huntsman carries a hawk on his arm toward the hunting party, which includes a gentleman and lady on horseback, and their hounds, which gaze anxiously up at the sky where the battle is waged. The heron, flying upwards, is about to be met by the descent of the soaring hawk.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Penn's England (Pennsylvania State University Museum of Art, 1982-09-05 - ) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 266-267, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 5, no. 5, pl. 3, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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