FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Abraham Danielsz HONDIUS
Title: "Honden Jagen Op Een Beer (Hounds Hunting a Bear)"
Medium: Original Etching
Limited edition: Unknown
Sheet size: 6.25" x 8.75"
Image size: 5.5" x 7.5"
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