About this artwork

This picture is typical of Berchem’s early work, when he was still producing scenes that resemble the area around his native town, Haarlem. The hunters here are preparing to catch small birds, almost certainly finches. The nets in the foreground and slung behind the horseman’s saddle are typical for this type of hunting and the dunes along the North Sea, such as those outside Haarlem, were optimal places for catching finches.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    The Bird Trap: Encampment with a Figure on a White Horse
  • date created:
    About 1645 - 1646
  • materials:
    Oil on panel
  • measurements:
    30.60 x 40.30 cm (framed: 50.10 x 59.80 x 8.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to The National Galleries of Scotland 2005
  • accession number:
    NG 2788
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Nicolaes Berchem

Nicolaes Berchem