16 December 1998
Barent Gael (Haarlem 1620-1687 Amsterdam)
Travellers and peasants by a booth, houses and a church beyond; and Peasants merrymaking in a village street, with a dovecote, an inn and a church beyond
the first signed and dated '·B· GAEL./1669' (centre left); the second signed 'B· GAEL.' (centre right)
oil on canvas
21 x 25¼ in. (53.2 x 64.1 cm.)
In carved and gilded eighteenth-century English frames, the first with a bookplate of Charles Cobbe (on the stretcher), the second with a bookplate of Thomas Cobbe (on the reverse of the canvas).
a pair (2)
Thomas Cobbe, of Newbridge, Donabate, Co. Dublin, for whom acquired by the Rev. Matthew Pilkington, vicar of Donabate and writer of the Dictionary of Painters; his great grandson, Charles Cobbe, 1868, and by descent.
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Frances Power Cobbe, Catalogue of Pictures in the possession of Charles Cobbe of Newbridge House, ms., 1868, ms. copy by Mabel Cobbe, 1882, nos. 6 and 14, both recorded in the Drawing Room.
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