Landscape with Herdsmen
Nicolaes Berchem the elder (Haarlem 1620 – Amsterdam 1683)
This landscape, signed and dated 1655 was listed in the collection of Ralph Bankes (1631?- 1677) in Gray’s Inn, London, for £32 in 1658/9, before he moved it to Kingston Hall (later Lacy). It is an exceptional size for this artist, making it more likely to have been a speciﬁc commission.
Oil painting on canvas, Landscape with Herdsmen by Nicolaes Berchem the elder (Haarlem 1620 – Amsterdam 1683), signed and dated 1655.
commissioned from the artist by Sir Peter Lely on behalf of (Sir) Ralph Bankes; bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981
Kingston Lacy, The Bankes Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
N. BERCHEM. (painted in black on fixed gilt label, centred under image)
Makers and roles
Nicolaes Berchem the elder (Haarlem 1620 – Amsterdam 1683), artist
Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses (exh. cat.), Holburne Museum, Bath 25 May - 16 Sep 2018; Mauritshuis, The Hague, 11 Oct 2018 - 6 Jan 2019; Petworth House, West Sussex, 26 Jan - 24 Mar 2019., pp. 15-6