Gabriel Metsu

The Huntsman

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Gabriel Metsu
The Huntsman

1661 On view in Room 15

A huntsman in a fine red jacket is sitting at an open window. He is raising his glass and giving us a roguish look. In front of him are the attributes of his work: a hunting horn and a dead pigeon. For Dutch-speaking contemporaries, the puns would have been immediately clear. The words ‘jagen’ (to hunt) and ‘vogelen’ (to catch birds) also referred to courting and making love.

Metsu was born in Leiden, where he learned to paint very finely and precisely, like the Leiden ‘fijnschilder’, or fine painter, Gerrit Dou. The shiny jug on the windowsill shows these skills clearly.

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Gabriel Metsu
The Huntsman

1661 On view in Room 15

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General information
Gabriel Metsu (Leiden 1629 - 1667 Amsterdam)
The Huntsman
1661
painting
93
Room 15
Material and technical details
oil
panel
22.8 x 28 cm
Inscriptions
middenonder, onder de vogel: G.Metsu.1661

Provenance

Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, in or before 1752-1767; his widow, Agatha Huydecoper, The Hague, 1767-1768; Van Slingelandt sale, The Hague, 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 19; the entire collection sold to Prince William V; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; 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