The oeuvre of this anonymous hand was originally grouped together by Anthony Blunt in 1961 (see Literature) recognizing a cohesion between a number of works erroneously attributed to Nicolas Poussin. Blunt named the artist after two works at Hovingham Hall, Yorkshire in the collection of Sir William Worsley.1 In the Birth of Bacchus the artist's figures, with their distinctive cool flesh tones, elongated noses and pointed, unarticulated fingers can be compared with those in his Nurture of Jupiter, now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.2 The pair of reclining nymphs on a hillock in the background is repeated in both compositions while the tiny wings of the putti, the delicate floral wreathes and his treatment of foliage "almost as if it were in embroidery or tapestry" link this back to the Hovingham Toilet of Venus and Leda and the Swan.3 The more neo-classical treatment of the figures in this work leads Blunt to a dating most likely after 1650.4
1. A. Blunt (see under Literature) p. 454
2. Ibid. and reproduced p. 459, fig. 25
3. Ibid. reproduced p. 455, figs. 16 and 17
4. Ibid. p.458
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