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Title Soldiers Attacking Villagers
Collection Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Artist Dutch School
Date Earliest possibly about 1690
Date Latest possibly about 1700
Description During the sixteenth century, when the Dutch were struggling for independence against their Spanish Hapsburg rulers, scenes such as this with soldiers harrying and attacking villages must have been a nightmare experience familiar to many at first hand or by hearsay. By the end of the seventeenth century when this painting was made, the Dutch Republic had become a powerful, wealthy independent state but the danger of war was still present. Between 1701 and 1713 the Dutch in alliance with Portuguese and British troops under the Duke of Marlborough fought to resist French expansionism in the War of the Spanish Succession. The artist emphasises the despair and helplessness of the villagers in the face of the solders' ferocity. Many look heavenward, as if pleading for divine intervention. The panel may have been cut down reducing a formerly larger composition.
Current Accession Number 1058
Subject landscape; animal (horses); figure; military and war
Measurements 40.0 x 53.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by J. G. Graves 1943.
Provenance Anonymous sale, Christie's, 1932.
Rights Owner Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust
Author Katia Mai
 

 

 

 

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