The New Hunts were designed in 1727 by Jean-Baptiste Oudry (d. 1755) within his contract to supply six new cartoons every three years to the Royal Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. Oudry had been appointed supplier and designer of cartoons to the manufactory in 1726 and in 1730 was appointed inspector of the works, which enabled him to supervise the quality of the production. The series was later adapted for the Royal Gobelins Tapestry manufactory as the Chasses de Louis XV, which were designed Oudry between 1734 and 1745.
A tapestry from the New Hunts depicting dogs attacking a fox, is in the Residenzmuseum, Munich (D. Heinz, Europäische Tapisseriekunst des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, Vienna, 1995, p. 207, fig. 105), and a tapestry with huntsmen and playing peasants was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 8 December 1977, lot 142.