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Philips Wouwerman
Haarlem 1619 - 1668
PYRAMUS AND THISBE IN A BOSKY LANDSCAPE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 114,500 GBP
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Philips Wouwerman
Haarlem 1619 - 1668
PYRAMUS AND THISBE IN A BOSKY LANDSCAPE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 114,500 GBP
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Philips Wouwerman
Haarlem 1619 - 1668
HAARLEM 1619 - 1668
PYRAMUS AND THISBE IN A BOSKY LANDSCAPE
signed lower left: PHW in monogram
oil on oak panel
Sparre frame type 2 
22.5 by 17.7 cm.; 8 7/8 by 7 in.
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Provenance

Jacques de Roore, Amsterdam, by whom sold for 125 Florins to
Willem Lormier (1682-1758), The Hague, by 1752, in his store in 1754, no. 350;
His deceased sale, The Hague, Francken, 4 July 1763, for 165 Florins;
Nogaret, Paris;
His sale, Paris, 2ff June 1780, for 910 Livres:
Gustaf Adolf Sparre (1746-1794);
Sparre inv., 1794, no. 17.

Exhibited

Stockholm, 1893, no. 115;
Stockholm, 1967, no. 185 (p. 133 in the catalogue);
Kristianstad, 1977, no. 46. 

Literature

G. Hoet, Catalogus of naamlyst van schilderijen..., The Hague 1752-1770, vol. II, p. 447;
W. Lormier, Magazine Catalogue Willem Lormier, The Hague December 1754, no. 350;
P. Terwesten, Catalogus of Naamlyst van Schilderyen, met dezelver prysen zedert den 22. Augusti 1752 tot den 21. November 1768, (Supplement to Hoet) The Hague 1770, p. 336;
J. Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné..., vol. I, London 1829, pp. 220, 248, nos. 66 & 163 (duplication);
Granberg, 1885-6, p. 33, no. 67;
Göthe, 1895, p. 30, no. 76;
C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné...,vol. II, London 1909, p. 264, no. 28;
Granberg, 1911-12, no. 166, reproduced plate 62;
Kjellberg, 1966, p. 346;
Hasselgren, 1974, pp. 114, 120, 127, reproduced p. 193;
B. Schumacher, Philips Wouwerman (1619-1668), Doornspijk 2006, vol. 1, p. 389, no. A561, reproduced vol. 2, plate 520.

Catalogue Note

The subject is taken from Ovid's Metamorphoses.  It makes this picture unique, since it is Wouwerman's only currently known mythological subject.  Hofstede de Groot records an Apollo and Daphne and an Icarus and Dedalus in sales in 1742 and 1770, but these cannot be located today.1

 While Hofstede de Groot notes that the Sparre picture is signed with the early form of Wouwerman's monogram, Birgit Schumacher dates it more plausibly to the late 1650s.

It has a particularly distinguished provenance, having belonged to the painter Jacques Ignatius de Roore in Amsterdam, and the collector-dealer Willem Lormier in The Hague, before going to Paris, where Sparre presumably bought it in 1780.  It is the only one of his 1780 purchases to have a Sparre type 2 frame.

1.  See under Literature, p. 264, nos. 29, 30.

 

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