“After Jean-Baptiste Oudry
Title A Dog Pointing a Pheasant
Category 18th Century
Medium & Size Oil on canvas: 47x61in. (Frame:56×78 in.) Indistinctly signed & inscribed ˜D™Aprey Oudryâ€™ lower right. Circa 1750.
This fabulous large scale sporting picture is a rare painting after â€˜Blancheâ€™ by Jean-Baptiste Oudry now in the Chateau de Compiegne, near Paris. The painting shows the bitch ˜Blancheâ€™of the Royal hunting pack of Louis XV, pointing a cock pheasant.
The painting is by a very talented early 18th century French artist possibly in the circle of Oudry and during his lifetime. The indistinct signature lower right has to date defied our best attempts to identify the artist.
Jean Baptiste Oudry was a student of Nicholas de Largilliere and made his reputation painting Louis XV hunting a deer in the Forest of Saint-Germain (1730; now at Toulouse). Subsequently he was commissioned to produce numerous works for the King, who was passionate about the hunt and appointed Oudry Painter-in-Ordinary of the Royal Hunt.
He turned down offers to work for the Czar Peter the Great and the King of Denmark, preferring to remain in France, where he maintained a large studio of assistants.