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Hieronymus Franken II (1578-1623) and Jan Brueghel I (1568-1625)

Hieronymus Franken II (1578-1623) and Jan Brueghel I (1568-1625)

The Interior of a Picture Gallery with allegorical Figures

on panel, unframed
28 7/8 x 41½in. (73.5 x 105.5cm.)
Major W.R.E.A. Uthwatt-Bouverie, The Grange Farm, Great Linford, Buckinghamshire; Christie's, 23 July 1954, lot 70, as Jan Brueghel (420gns. to L. Koetser)
with Leonard Koetser (Exhibition of Fine Dutch, Flemish and Italian Old Master Paintings, 7 Oct.-30 Nov. 1972; advertised with colour illustration in The Connoisseur, Oct. 1972, p. 35, as Jan Brueghel I and Frans Francken II)
Anon. Sale, Christie's, 13 Dec. 1974, lot 174 (14,000gns. to B. Cohen)

Lot Essay

When the present picture was with Leonard Koetser, Dr. Grossman suggested that the figures signify 'In Time of War the Arts sleep'. In the catalogue of the 1974 sale it was suggested that they might represent Drawing with Painting asleep in his lap (see M. Winner, Die Quellen der Pictura-Allegorien in Gemälten Bildergalerien zu Antwerpen, Cologne thesis, 1957, pp. 41ff.)

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