A recurrent theme, the cock fight appears in a number of Snyders compositions and as Susan Koslow points out, the earliest we see its inclusion is in the Game Market in Chicago.3 From starting as a small element within a predominantly still-life painting it later becomes the main subject, in the Berlin Cock Fight of 1615.4 Koslow has analysed at some length the significance of Snyders' poultry yard scenes and their moral revelance in the 17th Century.5
1. S. Koslow, Frans Snyders: The Noble Estate, Seventeenth-Century Still-life and Animal Painting in The Southern Netherlands, Antwerp 1995, p. 288, fig. 389
2. Koslow, op.cit., p. 286, fig. 385
3. Koslow, op.cit., p. 67, fig. 73
4. Koslow, op.cit., p. 103, fig. 117
5. Koslow, op. cit., chapter IX, Poultry Yards and Bird Concerts
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