Pieter Neefs the Younger
ANTWERP 1620 - AFTER 1666
INTERIOR OF A PRISON WITH SLEEPING GUARDS, ST. PETER BEYOND; INTERIOR OF A PRISON WITH SAINT PETER FLEEING WITH THE ANGEL
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the former signed lower right: PNEFS
the former with inventory number 73A, the latter 73B etched into the reverse
a pair, both oil on oak panel
the former: 37.7 by 31.8 cm.; 14 7/8 by 12 1/2 in.
the latter: 40 by 31.4 cm.; 15 3/4 by 12 3/8 in.
Possibly Frances Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick (1719–1773);
Certainly George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick (1746–1816), by 1776;
Thence by descent.
Wellesley (Mass.), Davis Museum, on long term loan.
T. Pennant, List of Paintings at Warwick Castle, ms., 1776, n.p.;
Anon., 'Pictures and Articles of Curiosity', in Inventory of the Contents of Warwick Castle,(Warwickshire Record Office CR1886/466), ms., circa 1800, n.p., ('Steinwick- St Peter in Prison and a ditto release, a pair'), hanging in the End Room;
Anon., Inventory of the Contents of Warwick Castle, ms., 1806, in the End Room;
W. Field, An Historical and Descriptive Account of Leamington Spa, Warwick 1815, pp. 182, 202 ('Peter in Prison - by Henry Steenwyck, the younger'; and 'Peter delivered from Prison - companion to the former - by Steenwyck'), in the State Dressing Room, opposite the south window, below, left;
S. Woodburne, Notes on the Paintings at Warwick Castle, 1832, either no. 10 ('Interior by Steenwyck), in the Dressing room, or nos. 86 & 88 (each described as 'Interior by Steenwyck'), in the End Room;
C. W. Spicer, Vitruvius Britannicus. History of Warwick Castle, London 1844, in Lady Warwick's boudoir;
H. T. Cooke, An Historical and Descriptive Guide to Warwick Castle…, Warwick 1847, p. 67, in Lady Warwick's boudoir;
Cooper’s, History of Warwick and Guide to the Castle, illustrated, 1850, pp. 97 & 98;
W. Kendall, Inventory of Warwick Castle, ms., 1853, in the Compass Room;
G. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, vol. III, London 1854, vol. III, p. 216;
Anon., Inventory of Warwick Castle, mss. circa 1860, in the Compass Room;
F. E. Warwick, ‘Warwick Castle’, in The Pall Mall Magazine, vol. XI, January – April 1897, p. 40, in the Compass Room;
Anon, Inventory of the contents of Warwick Castle, ms., 1900, in the Chapel Passage and Compass Room.