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Still-life "Hunting Trophies" had been mentioned in the collection of Pidhirtsi Castle in 1768, 1813, 1887, 1939. It is a paired image to the work "The Birds' Yard". They hung together first in the Yellow Hall and later were moved to the Carmine Hall. In the 1939 inventory, J. Mekicki attributes the painting to the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Weenix (1642–1719). A large part of the space of the work is filled with hunting prey: dead birds and a hare. In the foreground, the bodies of small birds are scattered on the ground. The central place is occupied by the carcasses of a grouse and a hare hung by the legs from dried twigs. The white-brown colouring of the hare serves as a dominant feature of the overall background. The artist carefully traces the texture of each bird's feathers, giving the work greater reality and drama. The landscape is depicted in the background: mountains, trees, bushes and cloudy sky. A splash of red, blue, yellow and white tones brighten up the painting and give it a life-like look.