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Title Figures in a Churchyard
Collection Fairfax House, York
Artist Janson, Johannes (Dutch painter and printmaker, 1729-1784)
Date 1765 (dated)
Signed yes
Description This picture and its pendant (Fairfax House; NT1984/007B) show different views of the same church, with figures. Although it is not possible at the present to identify the church pictured, later research may reveal whether the building did or still does exist.
Current Accession Number NT1984/007A
Former Accession Number P9
Inscription front ll J.Jenson f.1765
Subject landscape
Measurements 30.0 x 40 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Noel Terry 1984.
Provenance Purchased by Noel Terry from the dealer Sheridan in 1930.
Publications Brown, Peter, The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks, York, 1987, p. 138, figs 153-54.
Notes In addition to his well-known paintings of churches (the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam holds another image by this artist of a similar subject), Janson also painted idyllic Dutch landscapes. Incorporating well-fed cattle, rich grazing, rivers ripe with fish, canals, and windmills into these compositions, Janson created an iconography of plenty that must have appealed to a wide range of patriotic Dutch patrons. His paintings of churches must also have gained good patronage, possibly among the parishioners of those churches, perhaps amongst city dwellers who liked to buy pictures of rural scenes, with the church as the social and spiritual centre of small communities.
Rights Owner Fairfax House, York
Author Dr Ruth Stewart




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