Hound Pointing

Constant Troyon (French, 1810–1865)


163.8 x 130.5 cm (64 1/2 x 51 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Not On View





Troyon was one of the 19th-century’s great animaliers—artists specialized in animal subjects. In this “portrait” of a hunting dog from the kennels of his friend and fellow painter Léon Félix Loysel, Troyon drew on a tradition of sporting art that reached back to 17th-century Holland, incorporating a flat landscape and glowering sky to heighten the drama of the chase.


Lower left: C. T R O Y O N 1860


1861, Prosper Crabbe, Brussels [see note 1]. 1885, A. Dreyfus [see note 2]. 1889, E. Secrétan (d. 1899); July 1, 1889, Secrétan sale, Galerie Sedelmeyer, Paris, lot 78. Frederick Lothrop Ames (b. 1835 - d. 1893), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Mary Ames (Mrs. Louis A.) Frothingham (b. 1867), Boston; 1924, gift Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 17, 1924)

[1] He acquired this painting at the Salon of 1861; see Louis Soullié, "Peintures, pastels, aquarelles, dessins de Constant Troyon" (Paris, 1900), p. 158.
[2] According to a note in the MFA curatorial file; the source of this information is not known.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Louis A. Frothingham