Lot 101
  • 101

Anton Mirou

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • Anton Mirou
  • The Death of Procris
  • signed and dated lower right: MIROV / 1607
  • oil on copper


In the possession of a German noble family by 1785–86, when listed in their inventory as no. 264;
In their 1988 inventory as no. 400;
Anonymous sale ('The Property of a Nobleman'), London, Sotheby's, 7 December 2006, lot 101 (as Denijs van Alsloot);
Where acquired by the present owner.

Catalogue Note

Mirou was a leading member of the group of artists known as the Frankenthal school. He and his family, like many other protestants from Flanders and Brabant, took refuge from religious persecution in Frankenthal under the protection of Elector Palatine and staunch Calvinist, Frederick III. Mirou is thought to have stayed there until about 1620 (he is mentioned in archives up to that date) at which point he most likely returned to Antwerp. His Frankenthal-period landscapes, of which this is undoubtedly one, have their own distinct character and are influenced to a great degree by his fellow Frankenthal painter Gillis van Coninxloo; bosky landscapes with a deep interest in craggy mountains, waterfalls, rock fortresses, and the idiosyncracies of the knotty paths that tunnel beneath the thick canopy. After about 1614 however Mirou’s output began to reflect the work of another Frankenthaler, Pieter Schoubroeck, and from this point on his œuvre mainly consists of highly populated village landscapes. Mirou’s profound interest in topography remained however, and a series of drawn views of Schwalbach were disseminated widely through the Low Countries via Matthias Merian’s prints after twenty-six of them in an album entitled Novæ quædam ac paganæ regiunculæ circa acidulas Swalbacenses delineatæ per Antonium Mirulem in aes vero incisæ per Mathæ Merianem (Hollstein, xiv, nos 1–26).