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Painting Title Seascape with Galliots
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Beyeren, Abraham van (Dutch painter, born 1620 or 1621, died 1690)
Date Earliest about 1640
Date Latest possibly about 1650
Signed yes
Description A galliot, a coastal trading ship, is buffeted by the waves; in the distance other craft can be seen on the low horizon. Abraham Hendriksz van Beijeren was a Dutch Baroque painter specialising in opulent still lifes. He painted a few seascapes, which are difficult to date but it is likely that most of them was created at the beginning of his career, in the 1640s. These seascapes show the influence of Jan van Goyen. A signed and comparable seascape by van Bayeren was sold at Sotheby's, 24th June, 1959 (lot 24), from the collection of Bromley Martin; there is also a related composition by Jan Porcellis (of c. 1630) in the Boymans Museum, Rotterdam.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 822
Inscription front cr (on bow of boat) 'AVBf.'
Subject landscape; marine
Measurements 44.4 x 60.9 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance F. A. Drey, London, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1942.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 109.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 48, pl. 55; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, pp. 5 and 30; Beck, H.-U., Künstler im Jan van Goyen, Maler und Zeihner, Doornspijk, 1991, cat. 38; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 240.

Francis Denis Lycett Green (1893-1959) was a member of the wealthy industrial Green family from Wakefield that was among the great philanthropic benefactors of York. He began buying pictures during the 1920s, advised by some of the most famous art historians of the day. By the 1940s, he owned examples from almost every school and period of European Art – a comprehensive collection of over 130 paintings dating back from the early 14th century to the end of the 18th century, representing every important European school of art. In 1952, he offered it to the National Gallery of South Africa, having moved to Cape Town in the hope that the climate would improve his health (which was poor because he was badly injured in the First World War). However when a dispute arose with the Cape Town Gallery, Francis withdrew his pictures in protest and shipped them back to England. The entire collection of 130 pictures was at first on loan to the York Art Gallery and in the spring of 1955 he decided to give it to the Gallery.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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