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Title The Water Mill
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist After Hobbema, Meindert (Dutch painter, 1638-1709)
Date Earliest about 1800
Date Latest about 1900
Signed yes
Description This believed to be a nineteenth century copy after the Dutch seventeenth century artist, Meindert Hobbema.
Current Accession Number 1938P260
Former Accession Number P.26038
Inscription front lr 'M. Hobbema'
Subject landscape
Measurements 67.7 x 99.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by the Feeney Bequest Fund 1938.
Provenance Messrs Drown, 1938.
Publications Catalogue of Paintings in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1930; Catalogue of Paintings in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1960; Wright, C. Images of a Golden Age, 1989, p. 185; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 82, ill.
Notes There are a number of versions of this subject by Hobbema including two in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (no. 1188, no. 167 in vol. IV of De Groot's Catalogue of Dutch Painters), one in Chicago (de Groot no. 71) and one in the Wallace Collection (no. 99, de Groot no. 85).

Three experts confirmed the authenticity of this work in the 1920s and 30s (see documents in Birmingham archives) - Dr Hofstede de Groote and Dr Gluck of the Vienna Kunstmuseum and the Director of the Hals Museum, Haarlem. Dr Gluck belived it to be a genuine work of Hobbema's mature period. A note in the Birmingham archives states that this is a copy of a Hobbema, very close to no. 24 in G. Broulhiet Meindert Hobbema, Paris, 1938. A letter in the archives states that this work is a copy that was found uninventoried in Aston Hall around 1981. C. Wright in Images of a Golden Age, 1989 also states that this is a copy. The signature is therefore false.

Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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