© Musée de la vénerie de Senlis / Christian Schryve, Compiègne

Découplé de l'équipage Picard Piqu'hardi en forêt de Compiègne aux Mares-de-Jaux [Pursuit by the Picard Piqu'hardi Hunting Party in the Compiègne Forest in Mares-de-Jaux], painting by Gustave Parquet, circa 1890.

The Piqu'hardi Picard party was one of the most famous in the Île-de-France and was founded in 1845 under the direction of Baron Poilly, the Viscount de Courval, and the young viscount Roger de Chezelles. It remained in the family until the eve of World War I.
In a hunt with hounds, the pursuit -découplé in French- consists of releasing the hounds from their leashes ("decoupling") to enable them to pursue the target animal. The valets decouple a large-sized pack of dogs and the huntsman indicates the way to the dogs from atop his gray horse. In front of him, the master of hounds gives instructions to an elegant side-saddle rider on a thoroughbred. The hunt followers stand ready in the background. Most certainly, an elderly person who can no longer ride is riding in the tilbury. The painting's convergence lines focus on the lead dog.