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Title A Ford with Figures Crossing
Collection National Trust for Scotland (Brodie Castle)
Artist Manner of Berchem, Nicolaes (Dutch painter, printmaker, and draftsman, 1620-1683)
Date Earliest possibly 1660
Date Latest possibly 1690
Description The subject of herdsmen and their animals crossing a ford is a frequent motif in Berchem's work (e.g Herd of Cattle Crossing a Ford, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam). A woman wearing a yellow dress is seated on a donkey led by the herdsman towards the shallow stream, which borders the foreground. She looks towards another woman dressed in red wading through the pool of water. The Italianate light and the idealised peasant types are typical of Berchem's work, which was widely imitated during his lifetime and thereafter. The sketchy quality of this painting suggests that this is the work of a follower.
Current Accession Number 73.83
Subject landscape; figure; animal (donkey, dog)
Measurements 32.4 x 36.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie, 1980.
Provenance Possibly with William, 22nd Brodie of Brodie by about 1824; by descent to Ninian, 25th Brodie of Brodie.
Rights Owner National Trust for Scotland
Author Dr Claudia Heide




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