16 December 1998
G. Meall (active 1675)
Portrait of a gentleman, small full-length, seated on a stone block holding a flute, before a ruined church in a wooded landscape, musical instruments and a score on a stone bench, a gun and a dead duck at his feet
signed and dated 'GMeall (?)./·1675·' (GM linked), inscribed 'AEtatis./XXXI.' (AE linked) and inscribed with a coat of arms (all lower left)
oil on panel
16 x 12.5/8 in. (40.6 x 32 cm.)
Baste de Saint Pallaye; sale, London, 19 March 1930 (sold 50 gns.). Anon. sale [The Property of a Deceased's Estate], Christie's, London, 16 December 1988, lot 93 (sold £3,000).
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E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, etc. VII, 1976, p. 298.
Bénézit records the artist as being English, working in 1675, and lists this picture as having been in the Baste de Saint Pallaye sale. When sold in 1988, the sitter and the coat of arms were identified as being of the Uyl family.
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