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Painting Title Interior with Woman Washing Pots
Alternative Title The Young Cook
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Sorgh, Hendrik Martensz. (Dutch painter, born 1609 or 1611, died 1670)
Previously attributed to Brekelenkam, Quiringh van (Dutch painter, born after 1622-died 1669 or after)
Date Earliest possibly about 1645
Date Latest about 1670
Signed yes
Description This interior with a young woman cleaning a plate with a child asleep in a cot beside her was attributed to Quiringh Gerritsz van Brekelenkam, a genre painter who probably studied under Gerard Dou. He was one of the founders of Guild of St. Luke in Leyden (1648). His painting is often considered close to so called Fijnschilders ("fine-painters"), Leiden painters who created as accurate a reproduction of reality as possible. The painting, in spite of bearing a monogram, was attributed to Hendrick Martensz. Sorgh by Paul Verbraeken of the Ghent Museum voor Schone Kunsten in 1986. Sorgh (ca. 1610-1670), was also a Dutch Golden Age painter of genre works, a pupil of David Teniers the Younger. Sorgh often painted kitchen interior scenes and it seems that the attribution of YORAG : 758 is still an open problem that requires further research.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 758
Inscription front ur (on chimney) 'QVB'
Subject interior; figure; everyday life
Measurements 40.6 x 55.9 cm
Material oil on panel (oak)
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance Lt.-Col. E.W. Stanyforth sale, Sotheby's, London 11 March 1931, lot 110, purchased by H. Buttery; purchased by F.D. Lycett Green.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 33; Yorkshire Loan Exhibition of Pictures at the Judges' Lodgings, York, 1934, no. 57 as 'The Young Cook'; Images of Women, Leeds 1989, cat. no. 34, p. 34 as attributed to Hendrick Maartensz Sorgh; Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, London, 2011.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 30, April 1955, vol. VIII, p. 311 as by Brekelenkam; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. I: Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 50, pl. 51 as by Brekelenkam; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, p. 120, as by Brekelenkam; Miller, C., et al., Images of Women, City Art Gallery Leeds, 1989, no. 34, as attributed to Hendrick Maartensz Sorgh; Lasius, A., Quiringh Van Brekelenkam, Doornspijk, 1991, cat. C32, p. 163 attributed to Brekelenkam; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 334 as by Hendrik Martensz Sorgh; Smith, V., et al., Dirt: The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life, Wellcome Collection, London, 2011, p. 73, as by Hendrick Maartensz Sorgh;

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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