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Adriaen van de Velde (Amsterdam 1636-Amsterdam 1672)

A Hawking Party Setting Out Signed and dated 1666

Oil on panel | 50.2 x 46.9 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 406966

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The market for Dutch painting is usually assumed to have been middle class; what would they have made of an aristocratic image like this? A party sets out hunting, the retinue of a proud, plumed lady riding side-saddle on her white horse. Would she have appeared like a princess from a romance or a figure of fun?

Acquired by George IV in 1810, when Prince of Wales