Carl Wilhelm de Hamilton
Forest Floor with a Thistle, Mushrooms, Snails, and a Lizard
Oil on panel. 37.5 x 28 cm.
Monogrammed lower centre: C.W.D.H..
Carl Wilhelm de Hamilton was court painter to Prince Bishop Alexander Sigismund of Pfalz-Neuburg in Augsburg from 1719 until his death. Before that he was in the services of the Margrave of Baden-Baden. He specialised in still lifes depicting the flora and fauna of the forest floor, a genre introduced by Otto Marseus van Schriek in the 17th century.
Silvano Lodi Gallery, Campione. - Lempertz auction 696, Cologne, 20.11.1993, lot 961. - Private collection, Westphalia. - Lempertz auction 889, Cologne, 20.5.2006, lot 1067. - Private collection, Hesse.