Property of an English Gentleman
ATTRIBUTED TO CORNELIS GERRITSZ. DECKER
? 1610/20 - 1678 Haarlem
A river landscape with a cottage, peasants fishing on the bank
bears signature lower left: M. Hobbema
oil on oak panel, three red wax collector's seals on the reverse, one with initial: D
40.4 x 54 cm.; 15⅞ x 21¼ in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. There is a horizontal split a third of the way up from the lower margin which is visible under raking light, which is also visible from the reverse. This runs the width of the panel - although breaking on the right hand side, after which it continues slightly further up. This split has some associated visible retouching along it, and a fine line of paint loss approx. 0.5cm. long on the far left side. There is a diagonal surface scratch in the sky upper left approx. 6cm. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a thick, opaque varnish underneath which the aforementioned retouchings are just visible, as well as a line of retouching in the lower right corner approx. 9cm., and wash retouching throughout the sky, but it is difficult to discern much else, and the painting appears in overall fairly good condition. Offered in a carved and gilt wood frame with losses.
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In the possession of the family of the present owner for at least a century.