4 July 1997
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
Jan Weenix (1640/2-1719)
A young Gentleman courting an elegant Lady beneath a Statue of Venus on a Quay, with company merrymaking and figures boarding a ferry beyond
signed and dated 'J. Weenix. 1675' (on the stone block, lower right)
oil on canvas
50½ x 43in. (128.3 x 109.2cm.)
W. R. Preston, Sidmouth; Christie's, 25 June 1850, lot 55 as 'Weenix', 'Capitally painted' (unsold at 35½gns.)
Arnold Friedlaender (according to labels on the reverse).
Major and Mrs. Goodliffe, Birdtown, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal, 1957.
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Dublin, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Paintings from Irish Collections, 20 May-25 Aug. 1957, no. 113.
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices
Alastair Smart profiles the life and work of the Pre-Raphaelite artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us all’ — illustrated with works offered in July