View of a Terrace with a Page Descending
Melchior de Hondecoeter (Utrecht 1636 – Amsterdam 1695)
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.
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.
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
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 Sep 2018; Mauritshuis, The Hague, 11 Oct 2018 - 6 Jan 2019; Petworth House, West Sussex, 26 Jan - 24 Mar 2019., pp.19-20