Advanced Search

The Bird Catchers

Date: 1757-1760
130 x 228 in. (330.2 x 579.1 cm.)
Medium: wool and silk with linen lining
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 9.4
Label Text:This set of five tapestries was woven by order of the French crown on behalf of Louis XV. The pastoral scenes, depicting pleasurable outdoor activities such as picnics and music-making, were popular subjects among the French elite. The Beauvais manufactory wove thirteen separate commissions of full or partial sets of The Noble Pastoral, but today The Huntington’s set is the only one to remain intact. Purchased by Henry Huntington in 1909, at Arabella’s request, they were his first major expenditure on art.
In Collection(s)