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  • Ferry

    Artist:
    Victors, Jan. 1619-1676
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    85x118 cm

Victors, Jan. 1619-1676

Ferry

Holland, 1660s (?)

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Ferry

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oil

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85x118 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1882; transferred from the Marli Palace at Peterhof

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1383

Comment:

The representation of a ferry transporting peasants and livestock is the most favourite subject in Jan Victors’ oeuvre. As D.Miller [1985] notes, such outdoor anecdotal genre scenes were much sought –after in the art market and were quite often copied by the artist’s contemporaries. Out of the six works by Victors on this subject, the only piece with the author’s date (1653) is displayed in the National Museum in Poznan. Some characters present in the Hermitage painting – a boy trying to catch a duck, a young peasant woman in a boat - harken back to the master’s earlier canvas. (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool). In D. Miller’s opinion [1985], a group of paintings representing ferry crossing was probably created in 1646–1654. Unlike this researcher, W. Sumowski [1990] dates the Hermitage painting to the 1660s which seems more convincing. Comments by Irina Sokolova

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