Next to a stable, some hunters are preparing for the hunt. They are bathed in a warm, golden light that looks Mediterranean. The silhouette of the hunter stands out strongly against it.
The Haarlem artist Pieter van Laer lived for a few years in Rome, where he became acquainted with a new subject: Roman street scenes with all sorts of common folk. But he also excelled in livestock painting. This painting is a nice combination of the two subjects.
Isaac Walraven, Amsterdam, 1765; Johan van der Marck, Leiden, 1765-1770; sale London, Greenwood, 10 May 1785, lot 76; sale London, Christie’s, 15 November 1946, lot 42; Hallsborough Gallery, London; private collection, London; Salomon Lilian Gallery, Amsterdam; gift of Procter & Gamble Nederland, 1994