JACOB DE HEUSCH
Utrecht 1656 - 1701 Amsterdam
A CAPRICCIO HARBOUR SCENE IN A MEDITERRANEAN BAY
bears inventory number lower left: GR13
oil on canvas
unframed: 87.2 x 134.7 cm.; 34¼ x 53 in.
framed: 115 x 163 cm.; 45¼ x 64⅛ in.
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The canvas is lined, and the paint surface is clean with a very slightly discoloured varnish. Much of the impasto brushwork in the sky and mountains remains intact. There are small losses visible along the lower section of the right margin. There is visible retouching along a vertical repaired tear just to the right of the woman holding a child furthest left, approx. 10 cm. long. A small repaired damage is also visible in the flame lower left, approx. 1 x 1 cm., as well as a further tiny damage in the ground between the mule and a figure holding a basket lower centre. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these and reveals further tiny spots and fine lines: scattered in the sky, with a few more notable patches for example at the edge of the cloud centre approx. 41 cm. in from the left margin and which measures 1 x 2.5 cm, another spot just beside the wooden balcony on the left approx. 2.5 x 2 cm., and more concentrated retouching along the upper and lower margins. There are only minor cosmetic retouchings scattered in the main composition. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Private collection, Rome (according to a label on the reverse);
Reputedly Comtesse de X, Limoges, France;
With Wieg, Amsterdam, by 2011.
Jacob de Heusch was primarily a landscape and seascape painter. He studied in Utrecht with his uncle, Willem de Heusch, and then moved to Rome in 1675, remaining there until 1695. There he became part of the Bentveughels, a confraternity of northern artists working in Rome. The present work represents a harbour scene in an imaginary setting, incorporating motifs from various Italian landscapes, that also appear recombined in some of his other paintings.