Palace Yard, A, Figures and Horses, Horse-Breaking, &c., (painting)
Wouvremans, Philip 1620-1668
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 150 (Sale info: For Sale).
"Painted with wonderful spirit and effect. It is presumed to be one of his most brilliant efforts; in colouring the representation is excellent, the scene and situation beautiful. The horses and men very spirited. - The subjects which he seemed most fond of painting were huntings, hawkings, farriers' shops, horse-breaking, and all kinds of scenes that afforded him a proper and natural opportunity of introducing horses, as he painted those animals to the greatest perfection. And when we consider the works of this inimitable artist, we find ourselves at a loss to determined what part is most worthy of notice and admiration, - whether the sweetness of the colouring, the correctness of his designs, his cattle, or his figures; the charming variety of attitudes in his horses, the free and yet delicate touchings of his trees; the beautiful choice of his scenery; the judicious use he makes of the chiaro schuro, or the spirit that animates the whole. His genius and invention were so strong that none of his pictures have the same grounds, or the same distances; for he varied them perpetually with inex- pressible skill; in some, representing simple, unembellished nature; in others, scenes enriched with architecture, foun- tains, or edifices of a picturesque construction. His figures are always finely drawn, with such expressions and attitudes as are suitable to the subject; and the attitudes he chose were such as appeared unconstrained, natural, and most agreeable. He had an amazing command of his pencil, so that, instantly and effectually, he expressed every idea conceived in his mind; and gave to his pictures an astonishing force, by broad masses of light and shadow, by contrasting his lights and shadows with peculiar judgment, and giving an uncommon degree of transparence to the colouring of the whole. The pencil of Wouvremans was mellow, and his touch free, though his pictures were finished most delicately; his distances recede with true perspective beauty, and his skies, air, trees, and plants, are all exact and lovely imitations of nature. Painted by Philip Wouvremans, who was born at Haerlem 1620, died 1668." [P. 29.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Original Cabinet Paintings, now arranged in the Gallery, Doggett's Repository of Arts, entrance at No. 16, Market-Street, and may be viewed every day, from 8 in the morning till sunset; being a truly splendid and valuable Collection of one hundred and sixty-four Cabinet Paintings in elegant frames; selected on the Continent of Europe, at the Expense of thirty thousand dollars, and are warranted to comprise the works of the Great Masters, from the 13th Century to the Present Time.