White squirrel in a landscape
  • White squirrel in a landscape

    TitleWhite squirrel in a landscape
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 61,5 x 64 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 73 x 76 x 6 cm
  • DatingDated 1697
  • Artist/Maker Artist: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl, Swedish, born 1628-04-25, dead 1698-10-27
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 5234
  • AcquisitionBequest 1955 Ms Alfhild Lundin
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1618 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    On July 27, 1696, stable hand Anders Ek managed to catch an albino squirrel. As Karl XI was interested in nature it was brought directly to him and put in a cage. In the painting, however, the squirrel is depicted in a landscape where it sits under a tree, gnawing on a nut. In a letter from the king on February 12, 1697, Ehrenstrahl receives the assignment to paint the rare animal.