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Title St Roch
Collection Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Artist Attributed to circle of Diepenbeeck, Abraham Jansz. van (Flemish painter and glazier, 1596-1675)
Previously attributed to Rombouts, Theodoor (Flemish painter and printmaker, 1597-1637)
Date Earliest probably about 1650
Date Latest probably about 1700
Description A sketch in monochrome of St Roch, with his dog and an angel, and a pair of putti on a cloud showing Roch a scroll. The saint has removed his hat; his left hand is placed upon his heart, he holds his staff in his right hand; the angel lifts Roch's tunic to reveal the plague bubo on Roch's thigh. It is possible this scene is intended to depict the healing of Roch.
Current Accession Number TRURI:1924.55
Subject religion (St Roch); animal (dog)
Measurements 23 x 16 cm (estimate)
Material oil on paper (laid on board)
Acquisition Details Given by Alfred A. de Pass 1924.
Publications Penrose, G., Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Miniatures in the Alfred A. de Pass Collection, Truro, 1936, cat. no. 112, p. 16, as St Roch by Theodore Rombouts, sepia oil on paper.

Fred Meijer of the RKD tentatively suggested the ambit of Diepenbeeck.

Measurements are those of the board.

Alfred A. de Pass (1861-1953) was born in South Africa, where his father and grandfather had established a business empire which included interests in shipping, guano, copper mining and sugar farming. After retiring from the family firm at age 36, Alfred pursued his interest in art collecting. For a period he lived in Cornwall, where he took an active interest in the Truro museum, then called the Royal Institution of Cornwall. In 1917 he was elected Associate of the Institution and in 1920 became its Vice-President. His gifts to the museum between 1914 and 1947 included many works of Western European fine and decorative art, including an important collection of old master drawings, as well as Oriental paintings, ceramics, metal work and textiles. For a list of Mr de Pass' donations of Western European paintings and drawings to the Truro museum up to 1936 see G. Penrose (cited below). He also donated to a number of other museums, including the National Gallery, the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the Fitzwilliam, and the South African National Gallery.

Biographies and discussion of Mr de Pass' interests and donations may be found in: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The De Pass Collection: Paintings, Furniture, Ceramics etc., Illustrated Catalogue, Bristol, 1936; Popham, A.E., An Exhibition of Drawing from the Alfred A. de Pass Collection belonging to the Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro, London, 1957; Walker, R., The De Pass Family, unpublished dissertation, Bristol Polytechnic, 1979; Price, B.D., Biographical Notes on Alfred Aaron De Pass (1861-1952) Art Benefactor Extraordinary, Falmouth, 1982; Nail, N., ‘The Cornish curator and the cosmopolitan collector: a note on George Penrose, 1876-1951, and Alfred de Pass, 1861-1953', Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, 1993, New Series II, I, 3, pp. 277-89; Berriman, H., ‘Introduction' in M. Joannides, Exhibition Catalogue of Master Drawing from the De Pass Collection, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, London, 1994, pp. 7-11; Tietze, A., The Alfred de Pass Presentation to the South African National Gallery, exhibition catalogue, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1995; Irvine, G., and T. Daniel, Japanese Collection, Royal Cornwall Museum, Cornwall, 2001.

Rights Owner Royal Cornwall Museum, Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro
Author Dr Susan Steer



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