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John Hunter (b. 1934)

Lot 126: Circle of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp) A wooded landscape with a peasant on


July 9, 1999
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a cart-horse; and A wooded landscape with a peasant woman on a cart-horse oil on panel 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. (24.2 x 34.3 cm.) a pair (2) PROVENANCE: The former: william 10th Viscount Barrington (1873-1960); Christie~dq~s London 9 March 1934 part of lot 2 as ~dq~A landscape with a horseman by L. van Uden~dq~ (13 gns. to Collings). The latter: Probably John Hunter; () Christie~dq~s London 29 January 1794 lot 35 as ~dq~Rubens A small landscape~dq~ (to Woodburn). Samuel Woodburn; () Christie~dq~s London 17 May 1854 (=3rd day) lot 287 as ~dq~Rubens A small woody landscape with a female peasant driving a cart through a pool of water~dq~ (2 1/2 gns. to Ripp). Purchased from W. Duits by Ludwig Burchard in 1927. EXHIBITED: The former: Bordeaux Musee des Beaux-Arts La Decouverte de la lumiere 1959 no. 112. The latter: Vienna Secession Drei Jahrhundert flŠmischer Kunst 1930 no. 104. Both: Rotterdam Boymans-van Beuningen Museum Oliervefschetsen van Rubens 1953-1954 nos. 56 and 55. London National Gallery Rubens~dq~s Landscapes 1996-1997 nos. 37 and 38. LITERATURE: G. GlŸck Die Landschaften des Peter Paul Rubens Vienna 1945 pp. 35-37 and 40 and nos. 26 and 25. W. Adler Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard Part XVIII Landscapes and Hunting Scenes I Landscapes 1982 nos. 32- 33. C. Brown catalogue of the exhibition Rubens~dq~s Landscapes National Gallery London 1996-1997 nos. 37-38. Footnotes:These two small renderings of the same view are offered as pendants pace GlŸck; so far as can be traced they had different provenances until they were brought together in Burchard~dq~s collection. On the reverse of each are typed labels inscribed ~dq~L~dq~apres midi~dq~ and ~dq~Le soir~dq~ which may be Burchard~dq~s modification of GlŸck~dq~s notion that they are both depictions of evening and painted during one session. Alder dated them to between 1625-28. Christopher Brown loc. cit. was the first publicly to doubt their authenticity by only attributing them to Rubens. Indeed in our present state of knowledge their handling seems too weak to justify a full attribution to the artist. Dr. John Hunter (1728-1793) the probable owner of the latter picture was the brother of Robert Hunter whose collection passed to Glasgow University and is the core of the Hunterian Gallery.

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