Landscape with Cattle

Anthonie van BorssomBefore 1677

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

Previously thought (until 1880) to be by Rubens, this work has more recently been attributed to Van Dyck. If so, it would have to date from early in the artist’s career, during his stay in Italy. The subject is based on an engraving after Titian and a Titianesque drawing also attributed to Van Dyck, but with equal lack of certainty, at Chatsworth.

However, recent conservation has made the attribution to Van Dyck less, rather than more, likely. The work may actually be by another, unknown, hand.

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  • Title: Landscape with Cattle
  • Date: Before 1677
  • Physical Dimensions: w1549 x h1127 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Cleaning (presumably that of 1949-55) revealed two cows between that in the centre and the dog on the right. These are severely abraded and had previously been repainted (possibly by Bourgeois) with a continuation of the landscape. A figure in the landscape on the right has also been painted out. A signed version is in the Städtische Kunst- und Gemäldesammlung, Bamberg.
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Artist: van Borssum, Anthonie
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)