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Painting Title An Artist's Studio
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Dutch School
Date Earliest about 1730
Date Latest about 1740
Description The artist welcomes a gentleman into his studio and leads him by the hand to a table where prints or drawings are stacked, already being inspected by three other visitors. Two young apprentices, on the left, sketch from an antique statue which stands on the table. The walls are lined with pictures. The sculpture is a copy of Silenus with the child Dionysus in the Vatican Museums, itself a Roman copy of the middle 2nd century AD after a Greek original by Lysippos (c. 300 BC). The paintings are difficult to identify, but they seem to be Dutch landscapes and seascapes, genre paintings and a flower still-life. The depiction of the battle on the bridge is close (but certainly not identical) to the Rider's Battle on Bridge by Palamedes Palamedesz. I (Hampel Auctions, 19 Sept. 2013, lot 575); the depiction of the peasant Dutch family with the cattle seems to be close to some paintings by Jacob van Strij.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 31
Subject everyday life; figure; interior
Measurements 53.3 x 69.9 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Agnew's Ltd., London 1949.
Provenance Agnew and Sons Ltd., London, 1949, no. 3 as English School.
Publications Exhibition of Pictures by Old Masters at under 200, Agnew and Sons Ltd. London, 1949, no. 3 as English School.PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 8, October 1949, vol. II, p. 88; PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly,9, January 1950, vol. III, p. 99; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. II: English School 1500-1850, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1963, p. 19 as English school; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 265 as Dutch school.
Notes The painting was relined in the second quarter of the 19th century by Francis Leedham (83 Berwick St, Soho, London 1831-1837; 3 Little Edward St, Wardour St 1838-1840; 3 Duck Lane, Edward St 1839-1857), who was a picture liner and cleaner; 'F. Leedham Liner' is inscribed on the stretcher. Although it has previously been assumed to be by an English artist, it might actually be Dutch: Richard Green proposed the circle of Jan Josef Horemans the Elder and the Younger, or Peter Tillmans. Interestingly, there is another painting by Jan Josef Horemans the Elder that contains a depiction of a Silenus statue ('A park landscape with a musical party outside an Italianate villa', signed and dated 1718, at Christie's in Amsterdam, 7 May 2013, lot 74).
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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