Lot 107
  • 107

Circle of Jan Brueghel the Elder

30,000 - 40,000 GBP
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  • Jan Brueghel the Elder
  • A busy townscape with numerous figures arriving by ferryboat and fishermen selling their catch on the riverbank
  • oil on oak panel

Catalogue Note

This painting is clearly inspired by the village landscapes of Jan Brueghel the Elder, both in its composition with craft crossing an estuary towards a heavily populated river bank and a town beyond, and in its figure types: several are related to those in works by the elder Brueghel, such as: the woman crouching down in the central foreground to lift a fish out of the bucket, which recalls the figure in the foreground of Brueghel's 1616 copper sold in these rooms, 9 July 2008 lot 19 and the figure, in reverse, in the 1614-dated View of Schelle in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. The latter also provides the model for the male figure dressed in black, third from right, who in the Vienna painting is almost certainly a self-portrait of the artist himself (in the Vienna painting he is shown surrounded by his entire family). The boy in a red shirt, holding a fish by the gills and stepping across from the fishmongers to the group on the right, also appears in the Vienna painting.