"Hounds hunting a Bear" Original Engraving by Abraham Hondius, 1676
An original etching on laid paper by Dutch artist Abraham Hondius (1625-1691) titled "Hounds Hunting a Bear", 1676. Signed and dated in the plate lower right. This engraving has some staining from old tape on back. Otherwise in fine condition. See pictures for details. Sheet size: 6" x 8.75". Image size: 5.5" x 7.5". A really interesting study of bears and dogs from the 17th century by a respected Dutch artist.
Abraham Danielsz. Hondius (1625–1691) was a Dutch Golden Age painter known his depictions of animals. He was the son of a city stonemason, Daniel Abramsz de Hondt.
Hondius was born in Rotterdam and trained under Pieter de Bloot ( 1601–1658) and Cornelis Saftleven. He lived in Rotterdam until 1659 and moved then to Amsterdam. He moved to London in 1666, where he spent the rest of his life. Hondius combined throughout his career several stylistic influences and struggled to develop a style of his own. He however specialised somehow in animal pieces: more than two-thirds of his paintings, etchings and drawings are hunting scenes, animals fighting and animal studies. He also executed landscapes, genre and religious scenes.
Hondius most likely moved to London (where he later died) in 1666 where he spent the rest of his life. He painted views of London such as The Frozen Thames and London Bridge. His last known work is "Ape and Cat Fighting over Dead Poultry," dated 1690.
UNFRAMED: HEIGHT: 6 in | WIDTH: 8¾ in
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CONDITION: This engraving has some staining from old tape on back. Otherwise in fine condition.