'Monstrous Animal and a Peasant'

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino (Cento, 1591-1666 Bologna, Italy)

A chicken that looks like a foot is watched by a gaping man  

Accession No: WAG9213

Guercino liked to show off his inventive imagination by drawing bizarre or fantastical creatures for his own and his friends' amusement. This cockerel-like animal has been formed from a human foot and hand, the legs of a chicken and the ears of a dog. The drawing was once owned by William Roscoe| (1753 - 1831), whose collection provided the core of the Walker's continental paintings and drawings. Its purchase was aided by the Art Fund| in 1977.