A Landscape with a Herdsman and Bull
Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691)
Oil painting on panel, A Landscape with a Herdsman and Bull by Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), 1650-1659. 'A landscape with a flock of nine sheep, a shepherdess sitting on a bank, and a man and a boy standing together; the latter appears to hold a cord attached to dark red bull. In the second distance there are cows and two men on the bank of a river, which is bounded by a chain of lofty mountains.
1st Marquess of Bute sale, Christie's, 8 June 1822, lot 76; bought Pocock; J. Taylor sale, Phillips, 26 June 1828, lot 301; bought in; afterwards bought by Smith for Hon. George John Vernon; according to Smith, the latter's sale, 1831, but presumably bought in; 9th Lord Vernon sale, Christie's, 20 June 1919, lot 76; bought Colnaghi, and acquired by Mrs Greville in the same year for £3,000. [Note in file - 'Bought at Christies for 980 guineas']; The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., stored in the cellar, page 170.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
A. Cuyp (signed)
Makers and roles
Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), artist
Smith 1829-42 John Smith, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French Painters, 8 vols and supplement, London, 1829-42