Trophy of the Hunt

Trophy of the Hunt

c. 1867

Adolphe Braun

(French, 1812-1877)

Carbon print

Image: 78 x 59.8 cm (30 11/16 x 23 9/16 in.); Framed: 99.7 x 79.4 cm (39 1/4 x 31 1/4 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1985.144



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.

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