Boys flying Kites
probably Justus de Gelder (1650 - c. 1707)
Art / Oil paintings
circa 1670 - 1675
Oil on oak panel
444 x 343 mm (17 1/2 x 13 1/2 in)
Place of origin
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Upton House, Warwickshire
Oil painting on panel (oak), Boys flying Kites, probably by Justus de Gelder (Dordrecht 1650 – Vianen 1707), c.1670-75. A polder landscape with, left, a group of three boys, two seated on the ground, one of whom has his back to the spectator and is flying a kite; the third stands between them holding a kite, another boy is running past the group, also flying a kite with distinctive heraldic markings, (also visible on that on the left); from top to bottom, red, white and green stripes, with a red star on the white and a white star on the green; on the right yellow irises are in flower, on the top of one still in bud a huge green dragonfly has alighted.
Jean-Gilles-Maries-Joseph Schamp d' Averschoot (1765 - 1839), Ghent, his sale, Ghent, 14 September 1840 lot 116 (as by Dierck Maes); bought by Mme Durray of London for 630 francs; bought after the sale by Sir Henry Hucks Gibbs,1st Baron Aldenham (1819-1907); Alban George Gibbs, 2nd Baron Aldenham (1846 - 1936); his posthumous sale, Sotheby's 24 February 1937, lot 15 (as by Nicolaes Maes); bought by Pawsey & Payne, probably on behalf of Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882 - 1948); given with Upton House to the National Trust by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted (1882 - 1948), in 1948, shortly before his death.
Upton House, The Bearsted Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
probably Justus de Gelder (1650 - c. 1707), artist previously catalogued as by Godfried Schalcken (Made, near Dordrecht, 1643 - The Hague 1706) or Nicolas Maes (Dordrecht 1634 – Amsterdam 1693) , artist previously catalogued as attributed to Godfried Schalcken (Made, near Dordrecht, 1643 - The Hague 1706), artist previously catalogued as possibly Dutch (Dordrecht) School, artist previously catalogued as attributed to Nicolas Maes (Dordrecht 1634 - Amsterdam 1693), artist
The Art of Upbringing, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, Netherlands, 2013, no.7 In Trust for the Nation, National Gallery, London, 1995 - 1996, no.69 The Bearsted Collection, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1955, no.37
Sumowski 1983-1990 Werner Sumowski, Gemälde der Rembrandt-Schüler, Landau/Pfalz, 5 vols 1983-1990, vol. 3 , No. 1365, p. 2021 & pl. p. 2091 Behermann 1988 Thierry Behermann, Godfried Schalcken, 1988, pp. 346-7, No. 296 Laing 2000: Alastair Laing, In Trust for the Nation: Paintings from National Trust Houses (exh. cat.), The National Gallery, London, 22 November 1995 - 10 March 1996, no. 69 Krempel 2000 Léon Krempel, Studien zu den datieren Gemälden der Nicolaes Maes, 2000 , Kat.-Nr. F6, p.367 & fig.437 (The Art of Upbringing) De Kunst van het Opvoeden (exh cat) Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht, 27 April - 15 September 2013, no. 7, pp. 82 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., p. 23