Property from a New York Private Collection
CORNELIS CORNELISZ. VAN HAARLEM
(Haarlem 1562 - 1638)
NUMEROUS CHILDREN AND A DOG IN A LANDSCAPE
signed in monogram upper left: CH
oil on panel
13½ by 19¼ in.; 34.3 by 49 cm.
H. Bredeman, Amsterdam;
His sale, Amsterdam, 1 July 1788, lot 193, to Kallar;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 5 December 1969, lot 12;
With Hallsborough Gallery, London, 1970;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 29 May 1981, lot 41;
Anonymous sale, New York, Christie's, 12 January 1983, lot 156;
There acquired by the present collector.
J. A. Welu et. al, Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master and Her World, exhibition catalogue Haarlem and Worcester, Ma., 1993, p. 144 and 268;
P. J. J. van Thiel, Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem, Doornspijk 1999, p. 382, cat. no. 231, reproduced plate 356 (as dated to circa 1636-1637).
This painting belongs to a small genre series of works executed by Cornelis van Haarlem circa 1636-1637 (see van Thiel 1999, cat. nos. 227-231). The series is consistent in its basic compositional outline, with a group of children huddled closely together and with a sparse landscape in the background. The focus of the children is what differs in each instance, in this case the subject of attention being a dog. In the other examples, the children play games, specifically dice or marbles.