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Title An Interior with Ladies and Gentlemen at Cards
Collection Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Artist Neer, Eglon Hendrik van der (Dutch painter, 1634-1703)
Date Earliest probably 1660
Date Latest probably 1670

'Eglon van der Neer, the son of the successful Amsterdam moonlight and winter landscape specialist, Aert van der Neer, preferred to paint fashionable and elegant interior scenes. In this ostentatiously wealthy interior all traces of homespun Dutch qualities have been replaced by the very latest in French fashion in clothes, jewellery and hairstyles. The artist was in France in the 1650s and could easily have been familiar with such features as the symmetrical classical architecture and high ceilings so often found in France but rarely in Holland... The central figures of the composition are derivative ...of the work of the Leiden genre painter Gabriel Metsu (died 1667), even down to the position of the head of the seated woman in the centre...the lady on the left is of unusually high social standing as she has a page to hold her train.' This is also suggested by the inclusion of a black page-boy, a new fashion in the 1660s (Wright, 2002, p. 60).

Current Accession Number 620
Subject everyday life; interior
Measurements 65.9 x 73.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the Brod Gallery, London, with the aid of the Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund 1973.
Provenance Ferdinand, Count van Plettenberg en Wittem, sale, Amsterdam, 2 April 1736, lot 76, bought by Willem Lourmier for 295 florins; Willem Lourmier sale, The Hague, 4 July 1763, lot 196, 955 florins; Jean Clicquet (b. 1734); his widow, Maria Theresia Andrioli, sale, Philippus Schley, Amsterdam, 18 July 1803, lot 35, bought for 200 florins by J. G. Teissier (1750-1821); Sir Frederick Cook (died 1920), Richmond, Surrey, 1914; by descent to Sir Francis Cook Bt; Agnew's, London, 1946; Mrs Geoffrey Hart, Sussex, by 1952; Mrs Geoffrey Hart sale, Sotheby's, London, 24 June 1970, lot 85.
Principal Exhibitions Worthing Art Gallery, 1952, cat. no. 44; Dutch Pictures, Royal Academy, London, 1952-53, cat. no. 438, lent by Mrs Geoffrey Hart; Dutch Seventeenth Century Paintings from Yorkshire Public Collections, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1982-83, cat. no. 30; For King and Country, Wilberforce House, Hull, 1998; From Medieval to Regency, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2002, cat. no. 214.
Publications Wright, Christopher, From Medieval to Regency: Old Masters in the Collection of the Ferens, Hull, 2002, p. 60, 214, ill. p. 60.
Notes Pictures such as this were highly collectable in the eighteenth century. After changing many hands, it entered the Cook collection at Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, one of England's most prestigious collections of old masters, in the late nineteenth century. When the Ferens acquired the picture in 1973, there was little interest in Dutch pictures which did not reflect ordinary Dutch life (Wright, 2002, p. 60).
Rights Owner Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Author Dr Ruth Stewart



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