Description & Technical information

Agricola produced a number of gouache drawings of kingfishers. He must have been particularly fond of the present composition, since he repeated it – always with minor changes to the tree and the landscape background - in a handful of related versions, all executed in gouache on vellum and of similar dimensions. He also painted several other gouache drawings of kingfishers, always shown isolated on a branch in a winter landscape, including one that was part of a pair that once belonged to the 19th century Viennese sculptor, engraver and medallist Joseph Daniel Böhm (1794-1865).

Period:  1600-1750, 17th century, 18th century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Gouache on vellum, Framing lines in gold
Dimensions: 28.9 x 20.9 cm (11³/₈ x 8¹/₄ inches)
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints