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Title Old Man Writing
Collection Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Artist Brekelenkam, Quiringh van (Dutch painter, after 1622-1669 or after)
Date Earliest about 1645
Date Latest about 1665
Description As is the case with its pendant, Old Woman Reading (FAG 466), the artist is following a fashion of depicting older men and woman busy with an occupation, which concentrated on the venerable appearance of the subject. The fact that other famous artists, like Gerrit Dou, had painted this subject suggests that the painter of these pendant pieces may have wished to further his own success by associating his work with theirs.
Current Accession Number 465
Subject everyday life
Measurements 23.5 x 19 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by the Rev. F. J. Evans of Ringwood, Hampshire, in August 1959.
Provenance First recorded in G. C. Blanken sale, The Hague, 4 June 1800, lots 24 (man) and 25 (woman); sold in Paris, 19 July 1802, lot 19, at Paillet-Delaroche Sale (annotations from at least three catalogues confirm the paintings were bought by Joseph Wilkinson, an Englishman who resided in London); Wilkinson sale at Christie's, 1 June 1810, lot 37 (‘Bracklemcamp, A Pair, A Man mending a Pen and a Woman reading.'); bought for £6 15s; subsequently sold at Christie's, 20 May 1816, lot 2 ('Breckelcamp, A Pair small; a Greffier, and an old Woman reading'), to Collins for £5 7s; untraced until in the collection of the Rev. F. J. Evans of Lensmere, Hightown Hill, Ringwood, Hampshire who gifted the painting to the Ferens in August 1959 (Wright, 2002, p. 65).
Principal Exhibitions Dutch Seventeenth-Century Pictures from Yorkshire Collections, exh. cat., Leeds City Art Gallery, 27 November 1982 - 29 January 1983, cat. no. 16; Eye to Eye: The Ferens Portraits, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 9 December 1989 - 17 January 1990; From Medieval to Regency, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2002.
Publications Dutch Seventeenth-Century Masters from Yorkshire Public Collections, ex. cat., Leeds City Art Gallery, 1982-83, p. 36, no. 16; Lasius, Angelika, Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Doornspijk, 1992, p. 106, cat. no. 92; Wright, Christopher, From Medieval to Regency: Old Masters in the Collection of the Ferens, Hull, 2002, pp. 58, 169.
Notes Other inscriptions, front, label on l.c.: 'A:E:B, no. 8', Broken seal, crown five points defaced.
Rights Owner Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Author Dr Ruth Stewart
 

 

 

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