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Title Village Party by the Pond
Collection Fairfax House, York
Artist Attributed to manner of Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest about 1645
Date Latest about 1690
Description Landscape, religious and genre painter, portraitist and etcher, David Teniers the Younger was first active in Antwerp and then in Brussels. The artist's great renown attracted numerous copyists, even during his own lifetime. Among their number was the painter of the Fairfax House canvas. This scene of merrymaking includes little pockets of action: a wife tries to raise her fallen, tipsy husband; two intoxicated men are led away by friends; villagers dance and make music; three men urinate against walls. The picture shows a sociable gathering of young and old folk, perhaps after the harvest. The viewer is encouraged to think of Flemish peasants as pleased and content with their lot, with plenty of time on their hands for village parties. Pictures of the well-fed, happy poor were also popular among the more affluent classes in Britain the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Current Accession Number NT1984/013
Former Accession Number P2
Subject everyday life
Measurements 50.0 x 102 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Noel Terry 1984.
Provenance Purchased by Noel Terry from the art dealer Sheridan in 1928.
Publications Brown, Peter, The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987, p. 141, fig. 160.

A dealer's note on the back, which we can assume to be Sheridan's, gives the information that ‘Examples of works [by this artist] to be found in all principal European Galleries'.

Sheridan's note is very interesting, as it gives an insight into what the collector Noel Terry might have been attracted to in his art purchases. Certainly, with this painting, the fact that Teniers was a particularly well-known name - as Sheridan points out, his work is represented in galleries around Europe - suggests that Terry saw himself as a serious collector, on a par with the greatest connoisseurs of Dutch and Flemish art on the continent.

Rights Owner Fairfax House, York
Author Dr Ruth Stewart




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