|Title||The Departure of a Hawking Party|
|Collection||English Heritage (Wellington Museum, Apsley House)|
|Artist||Wouverman, Philips (Dutch painter, 1619-1668)|
|Date Earliest||probably about 1665|
|Date Latest||probably about 1665|
|Description||A companion to WM 1617, this is a particularly fine example of the hunting scenes with mansions, ruins and fountains which Wouwerman produced from about 1650. A very similar composition, for example, was in the collection of Baroness Bentinck (Hofstede de Groot 1908–27, II, no. 533; Sotheby's, 28 Nov. 1975, lot 73). They are characterised by their cool, grey tonality, and in both of them Wouwerman has used his device of placing a white horse in the foreground as a focal point of the composition.
A painter, mainly of landscapes with battles, camps or hunts, Wouverman was born in Haarlem and lived there throughout his life. He was influenced by Pieter van Laer (‘Bamboccio', 1592/5–1642), one of the leading Dutch painters of figure subjects in Rome. Wouwerman was extraordinarily prolific; nearly 600 paintings are accepted as autograph.
|Current Accession Number||WM 1650–1948|
|Inscription||front lr 'P.H. [monogram] W'|
|Subject||landscape; figure; animal (horse); buildings and gardens|
|Measurements||76.2 x 106.0 cm|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Notes||Wouverman is not known to have visited Italy, and the Mediterranean aspect of these scenes is probably derived from the work of Pieter van Laer, who was also a native of Haarlem. Wouwerman's compositions of this kind were enormously popular in the eighteenth century, and exercised a considerable influence on French Rococo painting. According to Schumacher (2006), this is a late work, painted about 1665. A copy was with Goudstikker, Amsterdam, before 1940. For Wouverman see B. Schumacher, Philips Wouwermans (1619–1668): The Horse Painter of the Golden Age, 2 vols., Doornspijk, 2006.|
|Rights Owner||Copyright English Heritage|
|Author||C.M. Kauffmann, revised by Susan Jenkins|