"HONDEKOETER, (Melchior.)--Born at Utrecht, in 1636; he died in 1695. The subjects he painted were domestic fowls. He surpassed not only his master but all his contemporaries. His practical guide was nature, which enabled him to give to every animal great truth, force, expression, and life. His pencil was neat and delicate, his touch light, his colouring transparent, and the feathers of his fowls were expressed with a swelling softness that agreeably deceived the eye of the spectator. The works of this master are in great estimation, and generally obtain a large price." No. 69.--A POULTRY YARD--This is a very good specimen of this master. The turkey-cock is finely drawn, and the boy with the mask is inimitably executed. [P. 46.]
Catalogue of the Pictures forming the collection of the Works of the Old Masters, with a List of the Engravings now being exhibited at the Gallery of the Lyceum Building, No. 563 Broadway. Second Edition. 1849. New York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.