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Title Interior of a Church, Morning
Alternative Title Church of the Dominican Friars, Antwerp
Collection Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Artist Neeffs, Peeter, the elder (Flemish painter, born ca.1578, died 1656-1661)
Date Earliest about 1625
Date Latest about 1625
Signed yes
Description A finely executed view of the interior of a Flemish gothic church in the morning. The scene is depicted from a high viewpoint, looking towards the east end. A few figures mill around in the nave. A priest conducts mass before a small congregation at the side altar to the far left of the composition. The organ loft is seen at the top left of the composition. Large tomb-slabs are set into the tiled floor. The work forms a pair with Interior of a Church, Evening (1916.3).
Current Accession Number BATVG:P:1916.4
Former Accession Number A82
Inscription front lr (on base of pilaster) ‘P. NEFS’
Subject buildings and gardens; interior (church); religion (altar; mass); figure
Measurements 28.3 x 23.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Miss Emily Burningham 1916.
Principal Exhibitions The Assembly Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1948; Renaissance to Baroque 1520-1720: Treasure from Bristol and Bath Museums, Holburne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, 1981.
Publications Catalogue of Pictures: Exhibition of Pictures in the Possession of the Corporation of the City of Bath, (Bath, 1948, p. 23; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 145; Renaissance to Baroque 1520-1720: Treasure from Bristol and Bath Museums, Bath, 1981, p. 8; Sloman, S.,, Victoria Art Gallery: Concise Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings, Bath, 1991, p. 79.
Notes Miss Burningham also bequeathed the pair to this work and six other paintings.
Rights Owner Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Author Dr Susan Steer



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