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Attributed to Sebastien Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)
Attributed to Sebastien Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)

The Battle between Officers Braut and Gerard Abrahamsz., called Lekkerbeetje, at Vught, 5 February 1600

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Attributed to Sebastien Vrancx (Antwerp 1573-1647)
The Battle between Officers Braut and Gerard Abrahamsz., called Lekkerbeetje, at Vught, 5 February 1600
oil on panel
28 x 41 in. (71 x 106.1 cm.)
Provenance
Princesse Charles d'Arenberg; sale, Giroux, Brussels, 15 November 1926.
with De Heuvel, Brussels, 1927.
Evence Coppe III, and by descent to the present owner.
Literature
F.-C. Legrand, Les peintres flamands de genre au XVIIe sicle, Paris and Brussels, 1968.
C. de Brie, La Collection Coppe, Lige, 1991, pp. 130-1 and 135.
Exhibited
Brussels, Muses des Beaux-Arts, L'archiduchesse Isabelle et son temps, 23 December 1933-22 January 1934.
Worcester, Mass., Art Museum, 23 February-12 March 1939, and Philadelphia, Museum of Art, 25 March-26 April 1939, The Worcester Philadelphia Exhibition of Flemish Painting, no. 119.
Asahi Shimbun, Tobu Museum of Art, The World of Brueghel: The Coppe Collection and Eleven International Museums, no. F23, illustrated in colour.

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Underdrawing evident to the naked eye reveals a considerable number of substantial differences in the foreground figures.

This painting depicts the well-known battle between Braut and Lekkerbetje on 5 February 1600 at Vught. The incident occurred during the Eighty Years' War after Braut, a French nobleman in the service of Prince Maurits of Orange, had insulted the Lord of Grobbendonck, Governor of the pro-Spanish city of s'Hertogenbosch. A duel between the two was then arranged and each arrived with twenty horsemen (the incident is also known as 'The Battle of the Forty'). However, it was soon discovered that Grobbendonck had sent his lieutenant, Leckerbeetje, in his place. Enraged, Braut immediately killed him, whereupon a violent battle ensued, in which the Frenchman was eventually defeated and killed.

Other treatments of this subject by Vrancx are in the museums at Brussels, Antwerp, and Courtai and in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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