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Karel Du Jardin
Amsterdam 1626 - 1678 Venice
ITALIANATE LANDSCAPE WITH HERDERS AND ANIMALS RESTING BY A RIVER UNDER A BRIDGE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 96,500 GBP
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Karel Du Jardin
Amsterdam 1626 - 1678 Venice
ITALIANATE LANDSCAPE WITH HERDERS AND ANIMALS RESTING BY A RIVER UNDER A BRIDGE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 96,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Karel Du Jardin
Amsterdam 1626 - 1678 Venice
AMSTERDAM 1626 - 1678 VENICE
ITALIANATE LANDSCAPE WITH HERDERS AND ANIMALS RESTING BY A RIVER UNDER A BRIDGE
Signed and indistinctly dated lower left: KAREL  .DU . ÎARDIN / .6.9 (the penultimate digit a 5 or a 4)
oil on canvas
in a Gustavian carved and gilt wood frame, numbered 23. 
75 by 103 cm.; 29 1/2 by 40 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Gustaf Adolf Sparre (1746-1794);
Sparre inv., 1794, no. 28.

Exhibited

Kristianstad, 1977, no. 10.

Literature

Granberg, 1885-6, no. 30;
Göthe, 1895, p. 19, no. 33;
Granberg, 1911-12, vol. 2, no. 154;
C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibandes und Kritisches            Verzeichnis......, vol. IX, Esslingen/Paris 1926, pp. 348-9, no. 205 (as signature not certain);
Hasselgren, 1974, pp. 115, 127, reproduced p. 177;
F. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings from American Collections, exhibition catalogue, Washington etc., 1977, p. 67, under no. 64;
P. Schatborn, Dutch Figure Drawings from the seventeenth century, exhibition catalogue, The Hague 1981, p. 134, under no. 38;
W.W. Robinson, Seventeenth Century Dutch Drawings.  A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam etc. 1991, p. 164, under no. 73;
J.M. Killian, The Paintings of Karel du Jardin 1626-1678.  Catalogue Raisonné, Amsterdam 2005, p. 229, no. B10, reproduced plate 138, under Problematic Attributions.

Catalogue Note

This picture has been little seen by scholars until very recently.  Hofstede de Groot saw it in the original and considered it to be by Dujardin, although he was not sure about the signature, which is partly concealed by the frame, and followed Granberg's mistranscription of it as Karel de Jardin.  Horst Gerson also thought it to be by Dujardin.  Judging it from an old photograph, Jennifer Kilian listed it under Problematic Attributions in her catalogue raisonné, but on the basis of a transparency, has kindly confirmed that it is in her view an authentic work from the mid-1650s.

Large scale Italianate landscapes on canvas by Dujardin are scarce.  The Sparre picture is notably close in style and handling to another such work, also depicting herders and animals fording a river, in the collection of the Duke of Sutherland at Mertoun in Roxburghshire.The date on the Sutherland picture is given as 1654, but has also been read as1651 & 1657.

Dujardin used a red chalk drawing now in Copenhagen for the figure of a boy facing away from us, wading across the stream and holding his shirt clear of the water (see fig. 1).2  The drawing was presumably made from life, and the model served for three other similar red chalk drawings, in which he is similarly dressed in a jerkin.  The Copenhagen drawing shows him full length, with his legs and feet visible, but Dujardin must have intended him for a painting such as the present one, because the action of raising his shirt only makes sense in this context.


1.  See Kilian under Literature, pp. 141-2, no. 23, reproduced p. 333, plate 20.
2.  Red chalk, 233 by 134 mm.; Copenhagen, Statens Museum for Kunst, inv. no. 9352; see P. Schatborn and both F. and W.W. Robinson under Literature. 

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