9 July 2008
Salomon van Ruysdael (Naarden c.1629-1670 Haarlem)
A river landscape with sportsmen shooting duck from a boat
signed with initials 'S.VR' (centre right)
oil on panel
15¾ x 25 1/8 in. (40 x 63.8 cm.)
Mrs S.L. Barnard, Cave Castle, South Cave, Yorkshire; Christie's, London, 25 November 1938, lot 99.
with Gebr. Douwes, Amsterdam, 1939.
Anonymous sale [The Property of a Private Collector]; Christie's, New York, 3 October 2001, lot 89, where acquired by the present owner.
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W. Stechow, Salomon van Ruysdael, Berlin, 1975, p. 144, no. 486a.
The present painting can be dated to the early 1640s and compared with a number of river landscapes of similar tonality which Stechow (op. cit., p. 21) characterized by their suffusion of golden sunlight.
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