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Title Village Scene
Collection Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Imitator of Brueghel, Jan, the elder (Flemish painter, draftsman, 1568-1625)
Date Earliest possibly about 1640
Date Latest possibly about 1660
Description This type of animated landscape was highly popular in Flanders in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Earlier artists such as Jan 'Velvet' Brueghel had established a market for intricate landscapes animated with lively scenes of everyday life. Although later in style, the woodland setting and detailed animation of this rural village scene were clearly influenced by his paintings. In the background the distinctly Flemish buildings emerge from among the trees and villagers with their horses, carts and livestock travel back and forth. To the left of the foreground is a wheelwright's workshop which acts as a focus for the activity.
Current Accession Number Art00320
Former Accession Number Marling no. 54
Subject landscape; everyday life; figure; animal (horses, cattle, poultry)
Measurements 22.3 x 28.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on metal (copper)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Samuel Stanley Marling 1963
Notes The painting has in the past been paired with a similar work (Marling no. 62). This one appears slightly later than the other in style, however, and is probably by another hand.
Rights Owner Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe



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