24 January 2003
MATTHEUS ADOLFSZ. MOLANUS (active Middelburg before 1625-1645)
A wooded landscape with a cavalry skirmish, a city beyond
oil on copper
5¾ x 7½ in. (14.5 x 19 cm.)
with A. de Heuvel, Brussels, 1961, from whom purchased by the father of the present owner.
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Amsterdam, Waterman Gallery, Masters of Middelburg, March 1984, no. 72, illustrated.
Mattheus Molanus is first recorded as a member of the Middelburg Guild of Saint Luke in 1625 and the following year he was registered as a painter and a citizen in that city. His name appears regularly in the Guild's archives until his death in 1645, when he was buried at the Oude Kerkhof in Middelburg on 3 April.
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