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Painting Title Horses with a Groom
Alternative Title Horses
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Verschuur, Wouter (Dutch painter, 1812-1874)
Date 1846 (dated)
Signed yes
Description Two horses are depicted held by a groom at the gateway of an old castle. Wouterus Verschuur was a Dutch painter of animal subjects mainly horses and of landscapes. He is one of the later representatives of Romanticism in Dutch art. Horses were a very popular subejct matter in the 19th century painting: for Romantic painters horses represented the idea of wildness and freedom, but on the other hand they were associated with soldiers and battles, which were also popular themes for Romantic painters. 19th century viewers appreciated depictions of historical times, including anything associated with the idea of old-time nobility, including medieval knights, old castles and the servants taking care of their horses.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 5
Inscription front ll W Verschuur ft 1846
Subject everyday life; landscape; animal (horses); figure
Measurements 20.3 x 27.9 cm
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Burton 1882.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1883, no. 77.
Publications Howarth, E., Catalogue of Pictures in the Permanent Collection, York, 1907, cat. 92; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 84; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 354
Notes John Burton (1799-1882) was a horse dealer and farmer; he created a collection of paintings (mainly Victorian) in his villa in Poppleton, Yorkshire. He had been on the organising committees for the 1866 and 1879 exhibitions in York and decided to leave his collection to the citizens of York rather than his first choice, the National Gallery (he was persuaded to change his will a month prior to his death). The Burton Bequest of 127 pictures founded the York Gallery's permanent collection.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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