Emperor Maximilien’s Halte de Chasse circa 1531

Emperor Maximilien’s Halte de Chasse circa 1531

Bernard Van Orley’s The Month of June from the series of hunting motifs known as The Hunts of Maximilian [Les Chasses de Maximilien] (1531-1533) contrast with the assembly in Gaston Phoebus’s The Book of the Hunt (1389). Instead of the hunter’s table at sunrise, Orley...
Jan Miel’s La Merienda (1650s)

Jan Miel’s La Merienda (1650s)

Jan Miel’s tired hunters halt on the hunt by a rustic inn. They are clustered around a cloth on the ground organizing a meal of sliced ham, cheese, bread, and wine. A century later, Jean-Antoine Watteau’s and followers’ repas de chasse are exclusively...
Isabel Colgate’s The Shooting Party

Isabel Colgate’s The Shooting Party

Isabel Colgate’s The Shooting Party is a snapshot of English gentry circa October 1913 when Sir Randolph and Minnie Nettleby, the lord and lady of the manor, host one of their traditional fall shooting parties. It’s accompanied by a halt on the hunt, or midday break...
Carle Andre Van Loo’s Halte de chasse (1737)

Carle Andre Van Loo’s Halte de chasse (1737)

As usual among the French, a halt on the hunt is never referred to as a picnic, although that’s what it is. Carle Andre Van Loo’s Halte de chasse is a narrative of a stop during the hunt, at which the ladies meet the hunters at a predetermined place,...