Property from a European Private Collection
ATTRIBUTED TO HERMAN VAN SWANEVELT
Woerden circa 1600 - 1655 Paris
Italianate coastal scene with figures on the bank
oil on oak panel
25.5 x 35.3 cm.; 10 x 13⅞ in.
The panel is uncradled, flat and stable, and has previously split horizontally through the centre. There is also evidence of tenting to the paint surface in a handful of horizontal lines on the left-hand side, and more minorly in the centre of the sky to the network of craquelure. These areas are all stable. The paint surface is relatively clean, and the varnish only slightly discoloured. There are some minor surface scuffs just to the right of centre on the lower margin caused by frame abrasion, and visible retouching along all four margins probably for the same reason. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a line of retouching approx. 1cm. wide along the aforementioned split, only in the right-hand side of the confirmation. It also reveals fine lines of retouching in the centre of the sky to disguise the appearance the craquelure, and a small, more concentrated area in the cloud centre right. In overall fair condition.
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Dr. Anne Charlotte Steland notes stylistic similarities between the present work and two signed paintings by Swanevelt, one dated 1649 (private collection, USA), the other 1646 (sold Vienna, Dorotheum, 24 June – 2 July 1986, lot 706).(1)
1 Written correspondence, 19 December 2017; see A.C. Steland, Herman van Swanevelt, Petersberg 2010, text volume, pp. 58, 60 and 149–51, cat. nos G 1,48 and G 1,51; plates volume, reproduced in colour figs G 151 and G 139, respectively.