The Calling of Saint Matthew

Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685)
National Trust Inventory Number 771213

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1652 - 1685
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1194 x 1448 mm (47 x 57 in)
Place of origin Flanders
Collection Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
On show at Osterley Park and House, London, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, The Calling of Saint Matthew by Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685), signed top right. C. WOUTIER FECIT. An interior scene, showing an older, bearded man holding a set of scales, with ayounger man in a red cloak to his left. Jesus, wearing a blue robe is on the right of the scene. The men are arranged around a clothed table upon which is spread various coins, an ink stand and a ledger. An older woman is in the background watching Christ. Curiously little is known about Carel Wautier, whose names are spelled in a variety of different ways, despite the fact that his portraits were engraved by engravers of the calibre of Peeter der Jode and Paulus Pontius. His subject-paintings suggest a pupil of Gerard Seghers, 1591-1651, who was married to a Catharina Wouters - rather than one of Rubens. He may have been a relative of the flower-painter from Mons, Michaelina or Magdalena Woutiers, active c1643-c1652. Another version of this picture is in the Musee des Augustins, Toulouse.


On loan from a private collection

Marks and inscriptions

Signed top right C. WAUTIER FECIT

Makers and roles

Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685), artist
previously catalogued as attributed to Theodoor Rombouts (Antwerp 1579 – Antwerp 1637), artist

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Subjects Religion (842)
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