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Painting Title Harbour Scene
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Sonje, Jan Gabrielsz. (Dutch painter, ca. 1625-1707)
Date 1691(?)
Description Ships are depicted at a river mouth with classical ruins on the left. There are figures around a wood fire in the foreground; on the right in the middle distance stands a tower and a steep rock face. Jan Gabrielsz Sonjé was a Dutch Golden Age landscape painter. He became a member of the Delft Guild of St. Luke in 1646, but moved some time after that to Rotterdam, where he was head of the Rotterdam guild in 1678, 1686 and 1692. He is known for Italianate landscapes.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 46
Subject lanscape; figure; everyday life; marine
Measurements 71.7 x 89.5 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from Miss Bowman, York 1948.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 3, July 1948, vol. I; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, pp. 62-63; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 119, as appreciably later than 17th century; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 334.
Notes Two old German labels on the stretcher describe the picture as 'Number 45', painted by Sonje with a date 1691 (nevertheless, most 19th century dictionaries claimed that Sonje died in 1691, so the date might refer to that fact). Prof. Gerson suggested in his letter (14 June 1955) that the attribution is wrong and it might be rather H. van Minderhout. However, according to gallery files the painting used to be signed on front, lower right, with a monogram 'J S', but this is not visible now.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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