David Teniers II, Flemish, 1610-1690
Title: A Village Kermesse near Antwerp
Date: mid-1640s
Medium: Oil on copper
Dimensions:
56.9 x 77.5 cm
Credit Line: Heritage Gift, Lochlann and Brenda Quinn, 2015
Object Number: NGI.2016.15
DescriptionDavid Teniers II was one of the most important Flemish genre painters of his time. He left an extraordinarily large oeuvre, mainly comprising peasant scenes. Previously owned by Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, this painting belongs to a small group of monumental kermesse scenes by Teniers from the mid-1640s, of which this is the only one on copper. This unusual support gives the paint layer an unparalleled smoothness and lustre. The painting has a charming subject and demonstrates Teniers’s skill in creating lively crowds of peasants enjoying themselves.
ProvenanceJohan van Schuylenburch (1675-1735), Burgomaster of Haarlem; his sale, the Hague, 20 September 1735, lot 65; Jean Pâris de Montmartel, Marquis de Brunoy (1690-1766), Hôtel Mazarin, Paris (recorded in his 1766 posthumous inventory); by descent to his son Armand- Louis Joseph Pâris de Montmartel, Marquis de Brunoy (1748-1781), Paris; his sale, F.C. Joullain, Paris, 2 December 1776, lot 29, Antoine Jean Baptiste Dutartre, Trésorier des Bâtiments de Roi, Paris; his sale, Paillet, Paris, 18 March 1804, lot 23, Lucien Bonaparte, 1st Prince of Canino and Musignano (1775-1840), by 1804, Palazzo Lancellotti ai Coronari, Rome and then Palazzo Nuñez, Rome, by 1806; his private treaty sale, W. Buchanam, New Gallery, London, 1815, lot 1; re-offered, his sale, Mr. Stanley, London, 15 May 1816, lot 125.
James-Alexandre, Comte de Pourtalès-Gorgier (1766-1855); place Vendôme, Paris, from whom acquired in 1826 by John Smith and Mr Emmerson, by whom sold to Jean-François Boursault (1750-1842), Paris; his sale, Pailet, Paris, 7 May 1832, lot 52; Edmund Higginson, Saltmarshe Castle, Herefordshire; Christie’s, London, 4 June 1846, lot 226.
John Walter III (1818-1894), Bearwood, Berkshire, after 1857.
Alfred Beit (1853-1906), London, by 1904 and by inheritance to his brother Sir Otto Beit, 1st Bt. (1865-1930), and by descent to Sir Alfred Lane Beit, 2nd Bt. (1903-1994), Russborough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
Exhibition HistoryExhibition of Flemish and Belgian Art: 1300-1900, Royal Academy, London, 8 January – 5 March 1927, no.316

Exposition Internationale Colonial, Maritime et d’Art Flamande, Antwerp and Brussels, 1930, no.290

Old Master Paintings from the Beit Collection, National Gallery of South Africa, Cape Town, 1949-1950, no.29

Flemish Art: 1300-1700, Royal Academy, London, 1953-1954, no.410

L’Art Flamand dans les collections Britanniques, Groeningemuseum, Bruges, August-September 1956, no.96

High life, low life: David Teniers the Younger, Rye Art Gallery, Rye, 3 April-13 May 1972, no.29

Bruegel: Une dynastie de paintres, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 18 September-18 November 1980, no.204

David Teniers der Jüngere, 1610 – 1690: Alltag und Vergnügen in Flandern, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe, 5 November 2005 – 19 February 2006

New Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011 - 2020, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 11 May - 2 August 2021
Label TextDavid Teniers II was one of the most important Flemish genre painters of his time. He left an extraordinarily large oeuvre, mainly comprising peasant scenes. Previously owned by Sir Alfred and Lady Beit, this painting belongs to a small group of monumental kermesse (local festival) scenes by Teniers from the mid-1640s, of which this is the only one on copper. This unusual support gives the paint layer an unparalleled smoothness and lustre. The painting has a charming subject and demonstrates Teniers’s skill in creating lively crowds of peasants enjoying themselves.

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