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Title A Village Scene with Peasants Merrymaking
Alternative Title Village Festival - Peasants Merrymaking; Fête à la Campagne
Collection Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Lingelbach, Johannes (German painter, baptized 1622, died 1674, active in the Netherlands and Italy)
Date Earliest possibly 1660
Date Latest 1674
Signed yes

In this village scene a large group of men, women and children are shown gathered outside a tavern; a maypole can be seen in the background.

Johannes Lingelbach was German by birth, although he spent much of his working life in Italy, like many northern European artists in the seventeenth century. Lingelbach specialised in painting landscapes and port scenes to which other artists added the figures. With its attention to detail, this picture exemplifies Lingelbach's style. Its assured composition indicates that it is a late work, possibly produced after the artist's return from Rome.

Current Accession Number NCM 1904-92
Inscription front ll 'J. Lingelbach'
Subject figure; townscape; everyday life
Measurements 87.6 x 120.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Richard Godson Millns 1904.
Provenance Bicker and Wyckersloot sale, Amsterdam, 1809, lot 30, 376 guilders; Wreesman Borgartz sale, Amsterdam, 1816, lot 113, 270 guilders; possibly E. Pemberton, by 1833.
Principal Exhibitions Possibly Birmingham, 1833, cat. no. 95, as Village Recreation; Usher Gallery, Lincoln, 1927; The Art of Dancing, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Bournemouth, 1958; Exhibition of Dutch Art, Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull, 1961; Primitives to Picasso, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1961 - 1962; Dutch Landscape Painting, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1983, cat. no. 64, as Village Festival - Peasants Merrymaking; Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984, cat. no. 63.
Publications Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays, vol. 6, Paris, p. 678, as Fête à la Campagne; Burger-Wegener, C., Johannes Lingelbach, doctoral dissertation, Berlin, 1976, p. 281; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, pp. 118, 255; Wright, C., Dutch Landscape Painting, Newcastle, 1983, p. 82, ill. pp. 80, 83; Sutton, P., Robinson, W., and C. Brown, Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, Philadelphia, 1984, pl. 45, as Village Festival.
Rights Owner © Nottingham City Museums and Galleries: Nottingham Castle
Author Dr Angela Smith



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