A Monstrous Animal and a Peasant

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino, Between 1620 and 1630

WAG 9213

About this object

Guercino liked to show off his inventive imagination by drawing bizarre or fantastical creatures for his and his friends' amusement. This odd animal is part chicken and part human foot with dog ears. It is watched by a terrified peasant.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino (Italian, born:possibly 2 February 1591, died:22 December 1666)
  • Date
    Between 1620 and 1630
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Brown wash; White paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 15.1 cm x 22.2 cm
  • Physical description
    A depiction of a peasant wearing a hat on the left and an obscure looking creature on the right. The creature has a foot shaped back, chicken legs and the head has floppy ears and long mouth.
  • Related people
    Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9213
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with assistance from the Art Fund in 1977
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: 796 / GUERCINO / LD SPENCER / W. ROSCOE / W. DYCE R A / J.C. ROBINSON / MAY 5 1865
    Inscription method: Ink
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
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  • Inscription text: N M . / LD SPENCER MR. ROSCOE / 40 / 400 / M G / 33 / 3-2
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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