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Title Winter Scene with Skaters
Collection Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum
Artist Attributed to Vermeulen, Andries (Dutch painter, 1763-1814)
Previously attributed to Vermeulen, Cornelis (Dutch painter, ca.1732-1813)
Date Earliest possibly about 1783
Date Latest probably about 1814
Description The work is clearly inspired by Dutch winter landscapes of the seventeenth century, although the costumes worn by the figures here are clearly those of a later period. The painting has a slightly naive charm, but there is a certain flatness, and the reflections of the skaters on the ice is rather unconvincing. The attribution to Andries Vermeulen is not wholly beyond doubt.
Current Accession Number LEAMG:A392.1953
Subject landscape; figure; animal (bird)
Measurements 16 x 22 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Captain Mark Field 1953.
Provenance Purchased from E. Link.
Publications MacLaren, N., and Christopher Brown, The Dutch School 1600-1900, National Gallery Catalogue, London, 1991, pp. 469-70.

'Vermeulen' is written on a plaque on the lower edge of the frame in the centre; the conservation report from 1999 notes that a signature appears clumsily applied over more indistinct lettering, with what seems an intervening varnish layer between them.

The painting was attributed to Andries Vermeulen's father Cornelis Vermeulen (1732-1813) until December 1998; Captain Field believed the work to be dated 1670.

Andries Vermeulen was born in Dordrecht on 23 March 1763. He was trained by his father Cornelis, himself a landscape painter and art dealer who is mainly known for his copies after famous masters. Andries specialised in landscapes after seventeenth-century Dutch models. He originally painted landscapes in the manner of Meindert Hobbema, but later preferred to paint ice scenes that resemble the work of Isack van Ostade in style, for which he is chiefly known. He also created marine paintings and summer landscapes, and made drawings after Albert Cuyp. He worked for some time in Amsterdam, where he died on 6 July 1814.

Rights Owner Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum (Warwick District Council)
Author Sophie Oosterwijk



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