Painter Unknown. Scene in the interior of a church. In the background is the altar, while in the foreground is apparently an Irish Wake. The effect of light at the different ends of the room is fine, and the picture is one of the gems of the collection. [P. 11 (L).] "Funeral Obsequies" doubtful, and "Irish Wake" certainly not. The picture seems to be of the School of the Van Steenwycks, (Hendrik, father and son, father 1550-1604.) Van Steenwyck, the father, "painted chiefly the interiors of Gothic churches, on a small scale. He was the first to represent the effect of the light of torches and tapers on architectural forms." Waagen. There is a picture strikingly resembling this in the Berlin Gallery by Steenwyck the younger, entitled, "Ein Gefangniss, worin zwei Gefesselte und zwei Kreiger." This picture might properly be entitled "A Gothic Interior, by candlelight, School of the Van Steenwycks." [Pp. 11-12 (S).]
Catalogue of the Bowdoin Collection of Paintings, Bowdoin College. Brunswick: Joseph Griffin. 1870.