FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Abraham Danielsz HONDIUS
Title: "Honden Jagen Op Een Beer (Hounds Hunting a Bear)"
Medium: Original Copperplate Etching
Limited edition: Unknown, presumed small
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 1690.