Ornamental Fowl in a Landscape

Oil on canvas
Signed and Dated: "A.Schouman. / 1759"
82 11/16 x 37 inches, 210 x 94 cm
Essay: 

It is likely that this elaborate painting is from a decorative scheme that was once part of a number of paintings set into the wall of a room. This would also account for its irregular and typically roccoco shape.

The birds depicted include (top to bottom): Spotted Woodpecker (?), domesticated Pigeons, Silver Pheasant, Great Curassow and a red crested Pochard.

Provenance: 

Private Collection, Spain