London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
Pieter Neefs II (Antwerp 1620-after 1675) and Follower of Frans Francken II
The interior of the Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, with mass being celebrated on one of the altars, and other elegant figures conversing
signed and dated 'P. NEFS / 1656' (lower right, on the column)
oil on panel
20 x 27½ in. (50.8 x 69.8 cm.)
William John Manners Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart, DL (1895-1935), Ham House, Surrey, by 1904, by whom bequeathed with the house in 1935 to his second cousin,
Sir Lyonel Tollemache, 4th Bt. (1854-1952), and by descent to his granddaughter Barbara Judd (1926-2013).
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W.C. Joel, A Catalogue and Valuation of the Furniture, Plate, Books, Pictures and Engravings at Ham House, Petersham, Surrey, Richmond, 1911, p. 130, listed as Steenwyck.
We are grateful to Fred Meijer, of the RKD, The Hague, for proposing the attribution on the basis of photographs.
The painting is visible in a photograph of the 'Miniature Room' (now the 'Green Closet') in Ham House, Surrey, fig. 1.
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