10 July 1998
Philips Wouwerman (Haarlem 1619-1668)
A traveller on horseback, a milkmaid and peasants by a cottage in a landscape, an elegant couple and a carriage beyond
signed 'PHS . W' (PHS in monogram, lower right)
oil on panel
17 x 24.5/8 in. (43.2 x 62.6 cm.)
William Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Harrington (1719-1779); (+) Christie's, London, 30 March 1781, lot 86: 'A most capital landscape and figures - a true scene from nature. It is impossible to view so excellent a picture without admiration - the figures are of his superior style' (62gns. to van der Gucht).
Lord Gwydir, Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire and Whitehall, London; (+) Christie's, London, 9 May 1829, lot 40 (65gns. to Bone).
Sir John Neeld, 1st Bt., Grittleton House, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, by 1877 and by descent to
L.W. Neeld; Christie's, London, 9 June 1944, lot 37 (1,100gns. to Slatter, from whom purchased by the present owner's father, 28 June 1944, for £1,600).
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C. Hofstede de Groot, A Catalogue Raisonné etc., II, London, 1909, pp. 604-5, no. 1061.
Joseph Neeld (1789-1856) formed a notable collection of old master pictures and contemporary sculptures for Grittleton House, a neo-Romanesque mansion by James Thomson. He owned four works by Wouwermans, to which his son added this and at least one other.
We are grateful to Burton B. Fredericksen for the information that this lot was presumably bought at the Gwydir sale of 1829 by Henry Bone acting for Joseph Neeld. Bone was a regular buyer on Neeld's behalf, including for other pictures at the same sale. Neeld's own catalogue at Yale is annotated with his initials by this lot and others.
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