This rare photograph is from a small group (fewer than ten known negatives) of large scale still lifes of game and hunting paraphernalia. Printed directly from a 31-x-24 inch glass negative, the photograph provides an abundance of textural information. The complex composition of overlapping forms consists of a rifle, powder horn, game bag, tree branches with leaves, and six fowl, probably three partridges and three pheasants, all tacked to a plain, richly grained wooden wall or door. Braun most likely intended such large-scale photographs to compete aesthetically with paintings of similar subject and composition.
CMA, February 12 - April 20, 1986: "Year in Review 1985," CMA Bulletin, 73 (Feb. 1986), p. 64, no. 65, repr. p. 53.
CMA, October 21, 1986 - March 8, 1987: "The Magic of Still Life," Gallery A (this piece was removed from the exhibition on February 2, 1987).
CMA, July 10 - August 19, 1990: "The Camera," Classroom Level, no exhibition catalogue.
CMA, November 20,1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art," see Catalogue of Photography, pp. 24-25.
Providence, RI: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (2/4/00 - 4/22/00) ; CMA (6/18/00 - 8/27/2000). "Image and Enterprise: The Photographs of Adolphe Braun" cat. no. 63, p. 149.
Cleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; 7/24/04 - 11/3/04. "Trophies of the Hunt: Capturing Nature as Art". No exhibition catalogue.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/04/2009 - 01/24/2010); "France at the Dawn of Photography"