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The Rabbit Hunt; two armed figures circle a tree, one with a cross-bow aimed at rabbits grazing on the hill beyond; the landscape rises on the right to a mountain-top monastery and dips down to the left to reveal an expansive river valley with ships at sail on the river and various farms, manor houses and towns in the distance. 1560
Watermark: a reindeer
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Height: 223 millimetres
Width: 294 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The date has long been read as 1566, but has more recently been interpreted as 1560, which matches the date on the preparatory drawing at the Fondation Custodia, Paris. This is Bruegel's only etching. For the subject, see Margaret Sullivan, Burlington Magazine, 145 2003, pp.30-5.
Literature: C. Tainturier, in J. van Grieken - G. Luijten - J. van der Stock, "Hieronymus Cock: The Renaissance in Print", exh.cat. Royal Library of Belgium in Brussels and Fondation Custodia in Paris, New Haven and London, 2013, cat.no.109b.
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Reproductions of Prints in the British Museum', Third Series Part IV (Specimens of Etching by Flemish Masters 1520-1650), Published by the Trustees, in 1910 where it was number IV and described there as 'Peter Breugel. Landscape with Sportsmen.'; see 1910,0523.8.4 (Shelfmark 245*.b.33).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1986 Sep-Nov, London, NG, 'Dutch Landscape'
1996/7 Oct-Jan, London, NG, Rubens' Landscapes
2003/4 July-Jan, Manchester, The Lowry, The Impossible View, no. 2
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- Bears another collector's mark difficult to read
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