A One-year-old Boy with a Sheep

attributed to Cesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar c.1606 – Alkmaar 1678) or attributed to Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691)
National Trust Inventory Number 1246484

Category Paintings
Date 1639 (bears date)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 991 x 787 mm (39 x 31 in)
Place of origin
Collection Polesden Lacey, Surrey (Accredited Museum)
On show at Polesden Lacey, Surrey, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A One-year-old Boy with a Sheep, attributed to Cesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar c.1606 – Alkmaar 1678) or attributed to Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), inscribed, bottom left: Oude i Jaer/1639 and indistinctly inscribed or signed. A full-length portrait of a young child, standing in a landscape, his left hand resting on the head of a sheep at his side, a branch held in his other hand, which the sheep is eating. The child is wearing a yellow coat and long skirt, white collar and cuffs, feathered bonnet and yellow coral chain hanging from his right shoulder with a medallion suspended on his left side.

Provenance

John, 2nd and last Marquess of Breadalbane (1796-1862), Taymouth Castle, Perthshire; thence by descent to his sister Lady Elizabeth Pringle (1794 - 1878); her daughters, Hon. Mrs Baillie Hamilton (d. 1911) and then Lady Harvey (d.1913); bequeathed by the latter to, the great-nephew by marriage of Sir Robert Bateson Harvey, Major the Hon. Thomas George Breadalbane Morgan-Grenville-Gavin, Langton, Duns, near Berwick; his sale, Christie's, 6.7.1917, lot 49 as signed and dated 1639 by Aelbert Cuyp; bought by Agnew in conjunction with M. Knoedler and Co., by whom offered unsuccessfully for sale in New York'; sold for £2,500 in 1920 to Mrs Greville by Agnew; bequeathed by Margaret McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville (1863-1942) with Polesden Lacey, to the National Trust, in memory of her father, William McEwan (1827-1913)

Marks and inscriptions

oude i Jaer / 1639 / indistinct traces of signature (bottom left)

Makers and roles

attributed to Cesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar c.1606 – Alkmaar 1678) or attributed to Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), artist
attributed to Cesar van Everdingen (Alkmaar c.1606 – Alkmaar 1678), artist
previously catalogued as after Aelbert Cuyp (Dordrecht 1620 – Dordrecht 1691), artist
previously catalogued as after Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp (Dordrecht 1594 – Dordrecht 1651), artist

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