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Title An Encampment with Soldiers Playing Cards
Collection English Heritage (Wellington Museum, Apsley House)
Artist Hondt, Lambert de (Flemish artist, bef.1655–aft.1678)
Date Earliest probably about 1655
Date Latest probably about 1665

Both the style and the subject are very similar to two battle scenes in the Gallery at Schleissheim and in the Surprise Attack in the Städelsches Insitut, Frankfurt (signed L.D. HONNT F; repr. J. Sander and B. Brinkmann, Netherlandish Painting before 1800 at the Städel, Frankfurt, 1998, fig. 45). The same sketchy technique reappears in these paintings and it is most probable that they are by the same hand. This artist is usually identified as the Lambert de Hondt who died before 1665. To judge from the costume, this picture can be dated c. 1660.

De Hondt worked in Malines (Mechelen), where his widow remarried on 10 February 1665; but little is known about him. He was probably responsible for the camp and battle scenes, with figures in the manner of Teniers, signed L.D. HONDT, but there is some confusion with the work of another L. de Hondt who made designs for tapestries in c. 1700.

Current Accession Number WM 1632–1948
Inscription front lr fleur de lys; front ll '531'
Subject landscape; animals (horses); military and war; figure
Measurements 30.5 x 43.8 cm
Material oil on canvas
Notes The white fleur-de-lis, and the coat of arms formerly on the back, indicate that the painting was in the collection of Isabella Farnese, wife of Philip V, and in the 1746 inventory of the palace at La Granja it is listed as one of a pair by de Hondt. The whereabouts of the companion picture, which showed a battle scene with a Moor on horseback, is unknown.
Rights Owner Copyright English Heritage
Author C.M. Kauffmann, revised by Susan Jenkins



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