A Wooded Landscape

Object Details

Title:

A Wooded Landscape

Artist/Maker:

Meindert Hobbema (Dutch, 1638 - 1709)

Culture:

Dutch

Date:

1667

Medium:

Oil on panel

Object Number:

84.PB.43

Dimensions:

61 × 84.8 cm (24 × 33 3/8 in.)

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In the foreground, a dog laps eagerly at a pool of water while a duck dives for food. To the left, a horseman and three travelers on foot walk up the bank to a road. In the middle ground, a lone man fishes in a shallow pool that leads back to a brightly illuminated village. Sketchily painted clouds fill the sky above; sunlight filters through the grove of trees below, lighting areas of the forest and casting reflections in the water. Meindert Hobbema captured both the tranquility and transience of the natural world by masterfully rendering the effects of light and shade, smooth water, billowing clouds, and soaring birds.

Provenance
by about 1750

Possibly Gordon Family, by inheritance to Mrs. Thomas Gordon.

- 1808

Possibly Mrs. Thomas Gordon (Rochester, Kent, England) [sold, Gordon sale, Christie's, London, April 2, 1808, lot 98, possibly to Wells.]

1808 -

Possibly Wells (possibly William Wells)
Source: Christie's, London. Catalogue of Dutch Pictures [...] the Property of Mrs. Gordon. April 2, 1808 [annotated RKDH copy lists [William?] Wells as buyer]

- 1829

Thomas Emmerson, Esq., 1776 - 1855 (London, England) [sold, Emmerson sale, Phillips, London, May 1, 1829, lot 170.]

by 1835 -

Harry Phillips, Esq., died 1840 [unsold, Phillips, London, June 29, 1830, lot 66], probably jointly owned by Phillips and Emmerson.
Source: Annotated auctioneer's copy of the sale catalogue (Wallace Collection); JPGM, Paintings Department, curatorial files, correspondence with B. Fredericksen, August 8, 2017

1835

probably Harry Phillips, Esq., died 1840 and probably Thomas Emmerson, Esq., 1776 - 1855 [sold, Phillips, July 20, 1835, lot 144.]
Source: Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts, vol. 4 (1911); JPGM, Paintings Department, curatorial files, correspondence with B. Fredericksen.

- 1848

Casimir Périer (Paris, France) [sold, Périer sale, Christie's, London, May 5, 1848, lot 5, to Brown.]

1848 -

Brown
Source: Christie's, London. Catalogue of Dutch Pictures [...] from Monsieur Casimir Perier. May 5, 1848 [annotated RKD copy lists Brown as buyer]

by 1852 -

George Field, Esq. (London, England), possibly by inheritance to Barclay Field.

- 1893

Barclay Field, Esq., 1835 - 1892 (London, England) [sold, Field sale, Christie's, London, June 10, 1893, lot 24, to Colnaghi.]

1893 -

Colnaghi (London, England)

by 1894 - 1911

Samuel Montagu, first baron Swaythling, 1832 - 1911 (Townhill Park, Southampton, Hampshire, England), by inheritance to Louis Samuel Montagu, 1911.

1911 - 1927

Louis Samuel Montagu, second baron Swaythling, 1869 - 1927 (Townhill Park, Southampton, Hampshire, England), by inheritance to Stuart Albert Samuel Montagu, 1927.

1927 - 1946

Stuart Albert Samuel Montagu, third baron Swaythling, 1898 - 1990 (Townhill Park, Southampton, Hampshire, England) [sold, Swaythling sale, Christie's, London, July 12, 1946, lot 25, to Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd.]

1946 -

Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England)

- 1984

Private Collection (England), sold through Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd. (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Pictures by Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French and English Masters (June 1 to June 30, 1852)
  • British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom (London), June 1 to June 30, 1852
Art Treasures of the United Kingdom Collected at Manchester in 1857 (May 5 to October 17, 1857)
  • Art Treasures Palace (Manchester), May 5 to October 17, 1857
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School (1894)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1894
Exhibition of Pictures by Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century (1900)
  • Burlington Fine Arts Club (London), 1900
A Selection of Works by Early and Modern Painters of the Dutch School (1903)
  • Art Gallery of the Corporation Of London, 1903
Exhibition of Dutch Art, 1450 - 1900 (January 4 to March 9, 1929)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 4 to March 9, 1929
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Christie's, London. Catalogue of [...] Chiefly Dutch Pictures, the Property of Mrs. Gordon, Dec. April 1, 1808, p. 12, lot 98.

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