"Light (and wind, to judge by the clouds) comes from the left in all of the Dulwich Cuyps, and this is no exception. The two goats in the left foreground were copied from drawings executed by Cuyp's father, used for engravings in the book Diversa Animalia Quadrupedia of 1641.

The painting probably dates from around the same time, when Cuyp was still very much under the influence of his master Jan van Goyen. His teacher’s almost monochrome palette and preference for a low horizon are reflected here."


  • Title: Landscape with Cattle and Figures
  • Date: c.1640-41
  • Physical Dimensions: w590 x h400 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Skinner and Dyke, Desenfans sale, 18 Mar. 1802, lot 158 (Descriptive Catalogue no. 143) £110.5. Bt in; ?London, Noel Desenfans, 1804-1807: ?1804 Insurance List no. 31; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: Signed, lower right: 'A. cúÿp'
  • Further Information: Aelbert Cuyp (1610-1691) was a Dutch landscape painter and draughtsman, celebrated as one of the most important landscapist of the seventeenth century. Landscape with Cattle and Figures dates from early in Cuyp’s career, c. 1640-41, and reveals both strong impasto and a masterful rendering of light. He was strongly influenced by Dutch Italianates such as Jan Both, Nicolaes Berchem, and Jan Asselijn, although he never visited Italy himself. He is famous for his portrayals of cows and horses in soft, atmospheric landscapes, as seen in the present work.
  • Artist: Cuyp, Aelbert
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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