When the English painter and art critic Sir Joshua Reynolds visited the Gallery in 1781, he was suitably impressed. He did have some reservations, however: to him, some paintings were far too large for the small space and moreover did not live up to their reputation. Among others, Reynolds was referring to this hunting scene by Paul de Vos, and it is indeed a little unruly, unsophisticated and large. Nonetheless it is not difficult to understand why the young William V, fond as he was of hunting scenes, purchased this painting in 1771.
Paul de Vos (Hulst 1595 - 1678 Antwerp) and Jan Wildens (Antwerp 1586 - 1653 Antwerp)
On view in
Gallery Prince Willem V
Material and technical details
212 x 349 cm
Pieter de la Court van der Voort and heirs, Leiden, 1685-1766; Gerret Braamcamp, Amsterdam, until 1771; Prince William V, The Hague, 1771-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822