In the nineteenth century in Europe, falconry was carried out in a spectacular and vibrant way. And there was no more impressive activity than that taking place at the Dutch palace of the House of Orange-Nassau. It was there that the Royal Loo Hawking Club came into being. Founded by passionate falconry advocates famous for their Haut Vol falconry–flying falcons at the graceful and high-flying heron–all too soon, the Club passed into oblivion.
The Loo Falconry celebrates the colorful history and prestige of this international society. Author Dr. J.W.M. Van de Wall has dug deep into historical records and accounts and offers readers an impressive compilation of information on the club, its origins, patrons, falcons and falconers.
In addition to detailed and organized data, the book is filled with magnificent reproductions of watercolors and sketches by J. Wolf, J.B. Sonderland, P.L. Dubourcq and others who recorded pictorially all the facts and events of falconry at The Loo. Dr. Van de Wall has had a long-time interest in falconry, particularly the history of the House of Orange-Nassau. After many years, he is very pleased to have this translated edition available to the public. The author currently resides in Leusden, the Netherlands.