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Painting Title Battle Scene
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Wouwerman, Philips (Dutch painter, 1619-1668)
Date Earliest about 1640
Date Latest possibly about 1650
Signed yes
Description A battle between infantry firing muskets and cavalry by Philips Wouwerman, a painter from Haarlem who specialised in military and hunting scenes in which horses are prominent. He became very popular during his lifetime and even more in the 18th century. There were many followers and imitators of his works, so today it is sometimes difficult to decide which paintings were actually created by Wouwerman himself. Fritz Duparc of the Mauritshuis in The Hague suggested that this is an early work, but Brigit Schumacher doubted the authenicity, suggesting that painting is not good enough even for an early work.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 841
Inscription front ll 'PWS'
Subject military; landscape; figure; animal (horse)
Measurements 66.6 x 84.7 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by F.D. Lycett Green through the National Art Collections Fund 1955.
Provenance E. H. Frost, Buttery, from whom purchased by F.D. Lycett Green 1953.
Principal Exhibitions F.D. Lycett Green Gift, York City Art Gallery, 1955, no. 130; Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1982, no. 49; The Noble Horse: Man and Horse in Western Art History, Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, 1998, no. 4.
Publications Foreign Schools 1350-1800, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1961, p. 67, pl. 60; PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 122, November 1979, vol. XXXII, p. 15-23; Wright, C. and Robertson, A., Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds, 1982, cat. 49, p. 100; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 361.

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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