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Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)

Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)

A Winter Landscape with a Duck Hunter and his Dog by a Beacon on a Riverbank in the Foreground, a horse-drawn sleigh, tents and numerous townsfolk on the ice beyond, a church in the distance

signed with monogram 'HA'
on panel
7½ x 10¼in. (19 x 26cm.)
Sir John Campbell, Castlenau, Charing, Kent; Christie's, 28 March 1924, lot 34, as 'H. van Avercamp' (120gns. to Melaart)
J. H. J. Mellaart
with P. de Boer, Amsterdam, 1929
Dr. C. A. van Hees, Reeuwijk; sale, Mak van Waay, Amsterdam, 31 May 1960, lot 3
with P. de Boer, Amsterdam, 1961, and Lucerne, 1962, when purchased and later presented to the present owner
C. J. Welcker, Hendrick Avercamp 1585-1634 bijgenaamd "De Stomme van Campen" en Barent Avercamp 1612-1679 "Schilders tot Campen", Zwolle, 1933, p. 204, no.S 15; 2nd ed., Doornspijk, 1979, p. 205, no.S 14.1, p. 219, under no.S 118, and p. 255, under no.T 18
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Oude Kunst, 1929, no.4
Leyden, De Lakenhal, 1950, no. 11

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A signed watercolour study for the foreground is in the Prentenkabinet, Amsterdam (Welcker, op. cit., p. 255, no. T 18); a pencil study of a duck hunter in a related pose is in the same collection (ibid., p. 254, no.T 13, pl. XXV, fig. XLVI). A picture corresponding in description with the present work but with the size given as 20.5 x 35.9 was in an anonymous sale in Amsterdam, 19 May 1779, lot 3 (ibid., p.219, no. S 118)

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