Lot 12
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Hendrick Maertensz. Sorgh

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 GBP
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Description

  • Hendrick Maertensz. Sorgh
  • a barn interior with a group of peasants playing cards around a table, and two men drinking and smoking near a brazier in the foreground
  • signed lower right: HM Sorgh (HM and gh in ligature)
  • oil on oak panel
  • 40.8 by 57.5 cm.; 16 by 22 5/8 in.

Provenance

Charles H. Torley;
His sale, Brussels, 20 December 1927, lot 179.

Literature

L.T. Schneeman, Hendrick Martensz. Sorgh: a Painter of Rotterdam.  With Catalogue Raisonné, unpublished diss., Pennsylvania State University 1982, p. 207, no. 28.

Catalogue Note

Though a Rotterdammer born and bred, Sorgh may have studied with Teniers in Antwerp.  There is no documentary evidence for this (although Sorgh's mother was from Antwerp), but Houbraken claimed it was so, and Sorgh's earlier works certainly reveal the unmistakable influence of Teniers and Brouwer.  This influence is nonetheless also to be noted in the early works of his townsmen Cornelis and Herman Saftleven, before they left Rotterdam for Utrecht. 

Schneeman (see Literature) notes that the two main figures are typically Brouwer-esque types, and that the pose of the figure to the right is a typical Teniers motif.  This picture probably dates from the mid-1640s, since Sorgh's earlier barn interiors include more prominent foreground still lifes, and after 1650 his style changed.  In any event he did not start to sign his works Sorgh - as here - until after 1640.

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