Horsemen and Peasants before a Cottage
Johannes Lingelbach (Frankfurt am Main 1622 – Amsterdam 1674)
Lingelbach, an artist of German extraction who had worked in Rome, spent for most of his career in the Dutch Republic, popularising Italianate landscapes that are often populated, as in this example, by picturesque figures. With its hilly terrain and rag-tag characters, this picture evokes a world away from the urban bourgeois milieu of the artist’s Netherlandish patrons. Travel, aptly enough, is the theme: outside a wayside cottage, horsemen overseeing the feeding of their mounts are flanked on the left by a resting peasant family, and on the right by an old man being led along by a boy.
Oil painting on panel, Horsemen and Peasants before a Cottage by Johannes Lingelbach (Frankfurt am Main 1622 – Amsterdam 1674),c.1642-74, signed Lingelbach. Horsemen halted before a farm building, one of whom converses with a peasant who is putting fodder in a trough at which are two horses; at the left a peasant woman is seated with a small boy, a peasant beside her.
Collection Baron Verstolk van Soelen (1776 - 1845), whose whole collection of 100 paintings was sold en bloc in 1846 to Thomas Baring (1799-1873), Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone (1796 – 1883), Humphrey St John Mildmay (1794 - 1853) and Chaplin. The Lingelbach fell to Mildmay, was sold by his son, Henry Bingham Mildmay, Christie's, 24 June 1893, lot 38, repd.; bought Lesser, from whom it was acquired by William McEwan for £210; 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 172.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Lingelbach (signed on front)
Makers and roles
Johannes Lingelbach (Frankfurt am Main 1622 – Amsterdam 1674), artist