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View of a Terrace with a Page Descending

Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1670 - 1680

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

3607 x 2642 mm (142 x 104 in)

Place of origin

Holland

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Collection

Belton House, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Hondecoeter Room, Belton House, Lincolnshire, Midlands, National Trust

NT 436165

Caption

This is one of a set of decorative pictures, painted reasonably early in Hondecoeter’s career, all of which are signed (another comparable set is now in the Alte Pinacothek, Munich). It is not known where in the Low Countries these scenes were originally painted for, or even if they were originally intended to hang together. Even before coming to Belton in 1873, they had been cut and adapted to fit another house in England. A fourth canvas, with Orpheus playing to the animals, could not be fitted in, and is now in a private collection in USA. The paintings were restored between 1985 and 1991 at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, View of a Terrace with a Page Descending by Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695), signed, 1670-1680. A garden terrace with a stone staircase outside a pavilion, with a pageboy descending, carrying a dish of fruit. A spaniel and dead game with the implements of the chase are on the terrace with domestic poultry.

Provenance

Bought by Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust, 3rd Earl Brownlow (1844 - 1921) in 1873; purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) from Edward John Peregrine Cust, 7th Baron Brownlow, C. St J. (b.1936) in 1984

Credit line

Belton House, The Brownlow Collection (acquired with the help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund by the National Trust in 1984)

Makers and roles

Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695), artist

References

Laing 1991 Alastair Laing, 'Whence this clutch of four?', Country Life, vol.CLXXXVI, 1991, pp.172-3 Prized Possessions: Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses (exh cat) Holburne Museum, Bath, 25 May-16 September 2018, Mauritshuis, The Hague, 11 October 2018-6 January 2019, Petworth House, West Sussex, 16 January-24 March 2019, pp.19-20

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