Still Life with Dead Game and Fruit
Research by Ayla Shearer, Jean Holland & Anne Matthews
Acc No 28
Artist N N Schneider (attributed to)
Artists dates active 1753
Medium Oil on canvas
Size 30 x 25 in (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Date painted Unknown
Donor Mrs L Flanagan
Fairhaven, St Annes
Date donated 24 October 1949
There appears to be very little information available on the above Flemish artist. The source for the artist’s initials and date seems to be the Witt Library’s:
A Checklist of Painters c1200-1994, 2nd ed, 1995
Entry reads: SCHNEIDER, N (?) N(?), Flemish, op 1753
The RKD, the Netherlands Institute for Art History, also lists N N Schneijder (or Schneider) as working in The Hague where, in 1753, he was mentioned as being a member of the Haagse Confreriekamer van Pictura. He is recorded as being active in the mid-eighteenth century when he specialised in hunting scenes and still-life of dead game, such as this one, which is typical of the small larder and game pieces influenced by seventeenth century painters from the Netherlands.
The objects are captured in meticulous detail, providing a realism of texture and a richness of colour which appealed to members of high society. After all, these were the foodstuffs which would have graced their tables. By purchasing the paintings they were displaying not only their wealth but also the hunting privileges they would have enjoyed, in particular the game birds who lived in the marshes and dunes of the Low Countries, familiar territory to Schneider.
This was described as one of a pair by the same artist, second presently unlocated -by Stephen Sartin, Fylde Borough Collection of Works of Art, 2001, p27.
Andrew Greg, Director, National Inventory Research Project, University of Glasgow
Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London