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Title Card Players in the Forum, Rome
Collection Mount Edgcumbe House
Artist Attributed to Laer, Pieter van (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1599-ca.1642)
Previously attributed to Lingelbach, Johannes (German painter, baptized 1622, died 1674, active in the Netherlands and Italy)
Date Earliest about 1644
Date Latest about 1650
Signed yes
Description Pieter van Laer, called il Bamboccio, was the leading figure in a group of northern European artists working in Rome, known as the Bamboccianti. This painting of peasant card players is typical of their small 'low-life' genre scenes which provoked disapproval from artists of the 'Grand Manner'. The signature on the work is difficult to make out. While it may have belonged to Van Laer it could also be that of his follower Johannes Lingelbach. A number of similar works have been attributed to the latter including another version using the same composition which appeared at a sale in 1975.
Current Accession Number Plymm.035
Inscription front lr 'P[?]. L[aer?]'
Subject figure; everyday life
Measurements 48 x 42 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given in lieu of Capital Transfer Tax from the estate of Edward Piers, 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1985.

Although barely legible the signature is arguably more consistent with that of Van Laer than that of Lingelbach.

Another version of the painting was sold at Sotheby's London, 28 November 1975, lot 36, as attributed to Johannes Lingelbach, Peasants Playing Cards under an Awning with the Roman Forum Beyond. Also attributed to J. Lingelbach was Peasant Family having Bread and Wine, the Campo Vaccino, Rome Beyond, Sotheby's, New York, 22 January 2004, lot 221, which shows a similar scene and uses the same setting.

Recorded in the inventory of paintings at Mount Edgcumbe House (possibly compiled before 1941): (Gallery) '§Italian Peasants Playing Cards§ / Size 1'7§ x 1'4 1/2§. Painted by J. Lingelbach'.

Rights Owner Copyright Mount Edgcumbe Collection
Author Dr Anne L. Cowe




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