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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gillis van Tilborgh, Jan Siberechts
A FAMILY PORTRAIT SAID TO BE OF THE VAN DER WITTE FAMILY, DEPICTED ON A RISE OVERLOOKING THEIR ESTATE
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Gillis van Tilborgh, Jan Siberechts
A FAMILY PORTRAIT SAID TO BE OF THE VAN DER WITTE FAMILY, DEPICTED ON A RISE OVERLOOKING THEIR ESTATE
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Gillis van Tilborgh, Jan Siberechts
BRUSSELS CIRCA 1625 - CIRCA 1678
A FAMILY PORTRAIT SAID TO BE OF THE VAN DER WITTE FAMILY, DEPICTED ON A RISE OVERLOOKING THEIR ESTATE

Provenance

The Counts Sandizell, Schloß Sandizell; 
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 5 July 1995, lot 195.

Catalogue Note

This is a collaborative family portrait by Gillis van Tilborgh and Jan Siberechts, two artists of Flemish birth who both turned to England to further their careers. This portrait, however, undoubtedly represents a Netherlandish family (traditionally identified as the Van der Wittes, though on an unknown basis), the artists placing their subjects on an unlikely steep rise overlooking their large estate. Most noticeable are the extensive formal gardens that surround the castle.

Siberechts specialised in the depiction of important estates, and he usually employed an artificially high viewpoint (and thus an element of imagination) in his representations of them. In England he painted some of the most important country houses, including Longleat in 1678, Bayhall and Wollaton Park. Tilborgh is perhaps better known for his more informal scenes of everyday life in the style of David Teniers but, like Teniers himself, he occasionally ventured into more formal representations of patrician or rich mercantile families.

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