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Title An Old Bridge
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Attributed to manner of Schellinks, Willem (Dutch painter, draftsman, and etcher, 1627-1678)
Previously attributed to Asselyn, Jan (Dutch painter, ca.1610-1652)
Date Earliest possibly about 1650
Date Latest possibly about 1750
Description Schellinks was one of the most well travelled artists of his day. His work was influenced by the Dutch Italianates, in particular the work of Jan Asselijn, to whom this painting was previously attributed. He frequently adopted other artists' styles, and perhaps because of subsequent misattributions, his works are relatively rare today. Though this work is not strong enough to be by Schellinks himself, it is painted in his known manner.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:B6236
Former Accession Number SAG 237
Subject buildings and gardens; figure; animal (cow, donkey); everyday life
Measurements 41.4 x 46.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 237 unattributed; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 237 unattributed; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 237 attributed to ';Jan Asselyn'.

The verso of the panel is covered in extravagantly swirling paint marks. This may have once been a signature, though today it is illegible. Though this work was previously attributed to Jan Asselijn, in 2002, Caroline Worthington, a Pilgrim Trust researcher, reattributed the painting to the manner of Willem Schellinks, an artist much influenced by Asselijn, and with whose works his are often confused.

Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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