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This pair are dawn landscapes, typical of the countryside surrounding Haarlem. They are effectively variations on the same theme, articulated differently through their contrasting skies.

Jan Wijnants can never really be described as Dutch Italianate. However some of his landscapes do have Italianate qualities. Assumed to have studied with Jacob van Ruisdael, his name was better known in the 18th century when he exerted a strong influence on, for instance, Thomas Gainsborough.

Details

  • Title: Landscape
  • Date: 18th century?
  • Physical Dimensions: w462 x h363 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: Richard Dalton (original commission or gift of artist); London, Noel Desenfans, 1802-1807: London, Skinner and Dyke, Desenfans sale, 17 Mar. 1802, lot 69[a] ('Zuccarelli-Two Landscapes and Figures'. Descriptive Catalogue, no. 31: 'These two he painted in his youth, for his friend Mr. Dalton, keeper of his Britannic Majesty's pictures ... One represents a view in Italy, in the very height of summer. Near the centre is seen a cascade shedding it's water to the right and left; on one side, are some old trees, and two young women, one of whom is standing with a baket in the hand, whilst the other is seated with a child in her arms; on the right a man crosses the water with a herd of cows; and in the second ground, towards the centre, there is a house, near which some women, who have been washing, are hanging linen on lines to dry; buildings, and some other small figures, are also seen in the second ground. The other picture offers the view of another landscape, but in the depth of winter; the principal part is occupied by a river frozen over, upon which are seen several people, some skaiting, others walking, and a sledge drawn by mules. Upon a piece of ground, on the right, a tent is raised in form of an inn, with a sign and standard displayed; within, are people round a table, eating and drinking, and a fire, near which two women are standing, is on one side of the tent, and on the other, some old trees covered with snow, and near which a man is leading two oxen yoked. Again we distinguish on the second ground, to the left, some buildings and trees, and on the right, a village at a remote distance'). £27.6 for lots 69[a-b]. Handwritten note in copy of catalogue at The Hague, RKD: Ô4 1/2 3. [i.e. 4 1/2 x 3] -- Woman red Pettct, &c.' (It is unclear if this relates to lot 69[a] or 69[b]); London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Follower of: Zuccarelli, Francesco
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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