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Still life painting showing a skull, urn, coins and book

An extremely popular format in 16th and 17th century Europe

Jakob Bogdani (c. 1660-1720)

Birds and Fruit in a Landscape c.1708-10

RCIN 402410

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Bogdani settled in England in 1688, where, according to George Vertue, he was ‘much encouraged’ by Queen Anne as well as working for William III. This is one of a pair of bird scenes which were probably painted for William III or Queen Anne and first recorded on the ‘Painted Staircase’ at Kensington Palace during the reign of George I.