A Road near Cottages

Jakob van MoscherBefore 1655

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery


  • Title: A Road near Cottages
  • Date: Before 1655
  • Physical Dimensions: w653 x h502 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • null: Seal on back - crossed batons with fleur-de-lys (?) and prob. PROV BELC.Very similar landscape at Gateshead, Shipley Gallery.Frimmel, ‘Gemäldekunde’, 216, rep. 219, notes curious pattern of branches and twigs in Munich Moscher and this exactly replicated - like snowflakes - in 16.QUERY: File notes say ‘perhaps Des. Sale Cat. April 1786 (7)/ June (31) (sizes given): #3, sal. v. r. GPI, however, has ‘London (?), Desenfans sales, 6 Aug. 1786 (0031) and 8 Aug. 1786 (0007) [bt in]’ Which are the correct dates?A closely comparable and signed landscape at Prague, Národní Gallery (Beck, no.912).Typewritten entry notes regarding the signature that ‘In 1974 it seems clearly to be J van ..o, but the olo could well have been ofc, since Moscher did use the long s. The stylistic evidence seems conclusive.’
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Noel Desenfans (?), 1786 - 1807; London, Christie's, Desenfans private sale, 8ff. Apr. 1786, lot 7 (as S. Ruysdael) [bt in]; ?London, Desenfans sale, 8ff Jun. 1786, lot 31 (as S. Ruysdael) [bt in]; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: Signed, lower left: 'J van [m?]o[...]'
  • Further Information: A closely comparable landscape in the Národní Galerie, Prague, bears a full signature (Beck no.912).
  • Artist: van Moscher, Jakob
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)


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