For a very similar composition, see A Pigler, Jacob Bogdani, 1941, pl. XLIIa. A similar cockatoo appears in a painting by Bogdani in the Royal Collection (Pigler, op. cit., pl. XLIIIb.).
Born in Eperjes, Northern Hungary (the present day Presov, Slovakia), Jacob Bogdani worked in Amsterdam from 1684 and in 1686 shared a residence there with Ernst Stuven, a still life painter. He had settled in England by the middle of 1688 and became known as 'The Hungarian',
Bogdani was taken up by the English court and aristocracy and soon became a much-sought-after still life and bird painter. One of his early comissions was a set of flowerpieces for Queen Mary's 'Looking glasse closett in the Thames gallery' at Hampton Court Palace. Bogdani also supplied paintings for King William's palace at Dieren, Holland. One of his most important patrons was Admiral George Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough's brother, whose famous Windsor aviary might have provided subjects for some of his works. Several of George Churchill's pictures are now in the Royal Collection, having been acquired by Queen Anne after his death in 1710.
The present painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonn on Bogdani being prepared by Dr. Miklos Rajnai.