Born at Antwerp about the year 1625. He lived some time at Venice, and was an excellent painter of all kinds of animals, to which he gave a natural, bold, and elegant expression. He studied nature incessantly, and imitated her with the utmost truth and exactness. His colouring is strong and his touch firm, with a wonderful freedom of hand, and manner of pencilling peculiar to himself, which easily distinguish the works of Fyt from any other master. His general subjects were live and dead game, wild boars, hares, dogs, fruit, flowers, and birds, particularly partridges, which he described with surprising truth, nature, and strength, describing the hairs of his animal and the plumage of his fowl with wonderful spirit, exactness, and freedom of pencil. Some of his pictures passed into Spain, from which place the two specimens by him were originally brought. They are extremely scarce and valuable, as also his etchings. [P. 24; see entry 04300033 for companion piece.]
A Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, by the Ancient Masters, including Specimens of the First Class, by the Italian, Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French, and English Schools, open at the American Academy, Barclay Street. Admittance (catalogues included) $.50. Season Tickets $1.00. Family Ticket for the season, admitting four, $5.00. New-York: Printed by W. Mitchell, 265 Bowery. 1832.