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A Lady and Gentleman Hawking

The drawing depicts a luscious spring landscape where, in the center foreground, a man and woman on horseback travel along a road, accompanied by several figures on foot and two dogs. Branches of a pollarded willow and lush foliage from larger trees behind it partially obscure the inn along the side of the road. In the left background, a church with its tall steeple balances the grand trees at right. The male rider and one of his footmen hold raptors on their arms, indicating that the party is hawking. The elegant dress of the man and woman suggests their elevated status, as does their activity, as falconry was an activity traditionally associated with the upper classes.

Esaias van de Velde ma...

Black chalk with brown wash on laid paper
18.7 x 12.7cm

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The Getty Center
Permanent collection