GERRIT ADRIAENSZ. BERCKHEYDE | Cavaliers on horseback resting outside an inn with a courtyard beyond
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 GBP
GERRIT ADRIAENSZ. BERCKHEYDE
Haarlem 1638 - 1698
CAVALIERS ON HORSEBACK RESTING OUTSIDE AN INN WITH A COURTYARD BEYOND
signed lower right: g Berckheyde
oil on oak panel
unframed: 28 x 38.2 cm.; 11 x 15⅛ in.
framed: 43.2 x 53.2 cm.; 17 x 21 in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat, and stable. The paint surface is clean with a discoloured varnish. There are fine dashes of discoloured retouching visible throughout the sky. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an opaque varnish, underneath which the aforementioned retouchings are confirmed along with further fine lines of retouching scattered in both maids, the central rider, and both horses, with a more notable spot in the abdomen on the grey horse approx. 1 x 1 cm. Only small, sparsely scattered retouchings are apparent in the rest of the composition. These do not impede the legibility of the image, which appears in good overall condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 13 December 2001, lot 147.
Gerrit Berckheyde was born in Haarlem as the sixth child of Cornelia and Adriaen Berckheyde. He likely trained under his elder brother Job, who was also an artist. The brothers travelled widely throughout the Rhineland in the 1650s by visiting Cologne and Heidelberg, where they were appointed as court painters to the Elector Palatine Karl-Ludwig. After a few years, they returned to Haarlem where they were to remain active for the rest of their lives; in 1660, Gerrit became a member of the Guild of Saint Luke. He was one of the earliest Dutch specialists in architectural townscapes, painting views of Haarlem, Amsterdam, and the Hague.