style of Willem van Aelst (1627 - in or after 1683)
Still Life with a dead Jay
A525; oil on canvas; 43 x 37 cm
Prov: J. Herbrand, Paris
Bequeathed by Daisy Linda Ward, 1939; WA1940.2.1
Meijer 2003, no. 3
The bird's plumage is not painted as smoothly as one might expect in a work by van Aelst and the composition lacks his habitual elegance. It has been attributed to one of his followers, several of whom were capable of imitating his art closely. Isaac Derues (1647-1690) has been suggested as a possible candidate.
Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.