Influenced initially by Pieter van Laer ('Bamboccio'), Wouwerman evolved a personal style, mostly painting battle and hunting scenes. F. Duparc of the Mauritshuis suggests a date in the second half of the 1650s for this painting.
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Title: Peasants in the Fields: Hay Harvest
Physical Dimensions: w359 x h413 cm
Work Notes: Frederik Duparc (letter 18 Aug. 1997) of the Mauritshuis dates to 2nd half 1650s (letter on file, 1997).A very similar work was with Richard Reynolds, Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancs., in 1983.
Work Nationality: Dutch
Provenance: Soeterwoude, J. van Bergan van der Grijp and others sale, 25 Jun. 1784, lot 134. Bt Fouquet; ?London, Noel Desenfans, 1804-1807: ?1804 Insurance List, no. 83 'A Cart and figuresÉ'); London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, ?1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
Inscriptions: Signed, bottom left: 'PHILS W' (PHILS in monogram)