1 November 1996
Pieter Wtewael (1596-1660)
oil on panel, unframed
23 1/8 x 33 3/8in. (58.7 x 84.8cm.)
Ian Fletcher, Duanans Castle, Flendarnel, Argyll (according to a label on the reverse).
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We are grateful to Anne W. Lowenthal for suggesting the attribution. She plans to include it in a forthcoming article updating her book, Joachim Wtewael and Dutch Mannerism, Doornspijk, 1986.
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