|Alternative Title||Figures in a Landscape|
|Collection||Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro|
|Artist|| Imitator of Berchem, Nicolaes (Dutch painter, printmaker, and draftsman, 1620-1683)
Previously attributed to Berchem, Nicolaes (Dutch painter, printmaker, and draftsman, 1620-1683)
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1660|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1750|
|Description||A shepherdess stands in the centre of a landscape spinning wool, and a male figure lies on a bank. Animals surround them, some drinking from a river or pond in the foreground. A ruined building appears to the left middle-ground, and there are mountains in the background. The composition is similar to others after Nicolaes Berchem, such as the near-identical work which appeared in a sale in Frankfurt in 1909; another version was owned by the Marquess of Exeter.|
|Current Accession Number||TRURI:1939.220|
|Subject||landscape; animal (cattle, goat, dog), figure|
|Measurements||94 x 89 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Edward Harvey Williams 1939.|
|Provenance||Mr Harvey, of Greenway; by descent to Edward Harvey Williams.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Paintings Executed Before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 15, as Figures in a Landscape by Nicolas Claesz. Berchem.|
Label on back 'This picture belongs to E. H. Williams'; stamp on stretcher (partially obscured) 'F.[;] Leedham[;] liner'; label: 'Di[...]is; 4'
Marijke de Kinkelder, Curator of Old Master Paintings, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), advised that the work is not of autograph quality. Kinkelder observed that there are at least three versions of this composition, none of which is autograph.
Edward Harvey Williams, J.P. (1865-1938) of Bridge House, Lydford was third son of Sir Frederick Martin Williams Bart., who was MP for Truro 1865-78. At his death on November 4, 1938, Edward Harvey Williams' estate was valued at £4,601 gross. Mr Williams' bequest also included 1939.221, likewise a seventeenth-century Dutch landscape. Mr Williams' godfather, Mr Harvey of Greenway, had bequeathed the works to him.
|Rights Owner||Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro|
|Author||Dr Susan Steer|