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ID number:  BIRBI-59.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Cuyp, Aelbert (1620-1691)
Title / Object name:  Huntsmen Halted
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Dordrecht
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  early 1650s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  92.7 x 130.8 cm
Provenance:  Richard Mortimer sale, Foster's, 28 April 1829 (lot 54), purchased by Paye; O'Neill, 1830; Captain E. N. F. Lloyd sale, Christie's, London, 30 April 1937 (lot 97), purchased by Sabin for £1,281; M. Otto Schuller sale under The Prince of Orange starting for the chase, Christie's, London, 26 June 1959 (lot 63), purchased by Coomber; purchased by the Barber Institute in 1959 for £6,500.

It has been suggested that the huntsmen might be the three sons of Cornelis van Beveren, a diplomat and wealthy patron from Cuyp’s home town of Dordrecht. However, there is insufficient evidence for this. They wear fashionable Hungarian hunting costume and are accompanied by an exotically dressed black servant or enslaved person, another sign of their wealth. The huntsmen rest in a landscape bathed in a warm golden light more associated with southern Europe than Holland. Cuyp did not visit Italy himself, but he studied those Dutch artists who adopted the poetic light of Claude Lorrain.

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Art Treasures of Great Britain', Manchester, 1857, no. 714; 'Aelbert Cuyp in British Collections', National Gallery, London, 1973, no. 10.

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