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Title A Wooded Scene, with a Sportsman and his Dog, and a Hawking Party
Alternative Title Italian Landscape; A Woody Landscape with a Hawking Party
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Brodick Castle)
Artist Attributed to school of Moucheron, Frederick de (Dutch painter, 1633-1686)
Previously attributed to Moucheron, Frederick de (Dutch painter, 1633-1686)
Previously attributed to Moucheron, Isaac de (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1667-1744)
Date Earliest possibly about 1653
Date Latest possibly about 1686
Description Wooded landscape, with rocky outcrop in left-hand foreground and picturesque waterfall. A mountain peak in the right-hand distance. An elegant hawking party with mounted riders and hounds approach from the right of the composition along a curving road.
Current Accession Number Pending
Subject figure; landscape; animal (horse, hound)
Measurements 66.0 x 79.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Accepted by Her Majesty's Treasury on death of Mary Louise Hamilton, Duchess of Montrose, in 1957, in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated by her express wish to The National Trust for Scotland, as part of the Brodick Castle estate.
Provenance John Smith; William Beckford (1760-1844); by descent to Susan Euphemia Beckford, Duchess of Hamilton (d. 1859); by descent to William, 12th Duke of Hamilton (d. 1895); passed under the terms of a Trust Disposition and Settlement of 1893 to only child Mary Louise Hamilton, later Duchess of Montrose.
Publications Wedde, N., Isaac de Moucheron (1667-1744): His Life and Works with a Catalogue Raisonné of his Drawings, Watercolours, Paintings and Etchings, European University Studies, Series 28, History of Art, vol. 236 (PhD University of Geneva), Frankfurt am Main, 1996, p.456, nos. PR6 and PR7.

Inscriptions: 1) pencil, frame: '28 / 24'; 2) pencil, frame: '24' (encircled); 3) white chalk, stretcher bar: '44'; 4) black pen, stretcher bar: 'Moucheron 2'; 5) pencil, frame: 'far end'.

Labels: 1) framer's label (partial), stretcher bar: 'SMITH / Pictures Lined / Cleaned & Restored', probably the trade label for the dealer John Smith, who worked for Beckford from 1829 to 1841, through the London cabinetmaker Robert Hume. Smith specialised in frames, books and Dutch and Flemish landscape and genre paintings; 2) paper label, inscribed in brown ink, frame: 'Moucheron', annotated in pencil: '41'; 3) paper label, printed, frame: '46'.

Inventories: Inventory and Valuation of Nos 10 and 20 Lansdown Cresecent Bath, The Tower, on Landsdown and Farm and Premises all adjoining the property of the late William Thomas Beckford Esqr., Sept 13th 1844, Edmund English & Sons, Bath, and Robert Hume, London (Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS. Beckford c. 58, p. 14), as 'Its Companion - A Landscape with Horsemen' by 'Moucheron', entry inscribed in the margin in pencil, 'Easton', indicating that the work was to be transferred to the Duke of Hamilton's Suffolk Estate, Easton Park; List of Pictures, Furniture, Ornaments, China & c. sent from Bath to Easton Park, 1848-1849 (NRAS 332/M/12/50, p. 1), as 'A Pair of Landscapes / Moucheron'; Easton Park, Suffolk. A True and Perfect Inventory and Appraisement of All and singular the Household Furniture, Plate, Linen, China, Books, Prints, Pictures, Jewels, Trinkets, Wine and other the Personal Effects of The Most Noble His Grace The Duke of Hamilton K.G. (at the Mansion at Easton Park in the County of Suffolk in the Diocese of Norwich) who died on the 18th day of August 1852. Taken and made on the 13th and following days of September then next ensuring By Robert Cana and William Cana, Appraisers (NRAS 332/M/12/52, vol. 2, pp. 17, 18), as Italian Landscape by Moucheron; Valuation for Probate of the Contents of Brodick Castle [...] the property of the Arran and Easton Trustees (in the sense of the Hamilton Estates Act, 1918) and of her late Grace Mary Louise, Duchess of Montrose [...], 1957, Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd, London, 1957 (Brodick Castle, p. 20), as A Woody Landscape with a Hawking Party by I. Moucheron; List of Pictures Photographed at Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran, Property of the late Duchess of Montrose, Private Collection Survey, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 1958 (ref. B/4992), as Landscape with hawking party by F. de Moucheron.

The attribution to Frederick de Moucheron was rejected by Nina Wedde in her published doctoral thesis on the de Moucherons (Ref. Wedde, 1996, p. 456, no. PR6). Unfortunately, Wedde does not explain the reasoning behind her rejection of the traditional attribution. Nor does she indicate whether her decision was based on an examination of the painting itself, or simply of the black and white photograph taken in 1958 as part of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Private Collection Survey of Brodick Castle, and available through the Witt Library. In the absence of other supporting evidence, the painting and its pendant have been reattributed to 'School of Frederick de Moucheron'

Rights Owner The National Trust for Scotland
Author Katrina Thomson



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