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Jan Both (Utrecht c. 1618-52)

Landscape with St Philip Baptizing the Eunuch c.1640-49

RCIN 405544

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This Italianate landscape, showing an episode from the life of St Philip, hung in the Blue Velvet or Audience Room at Carlton House, next to Aelbert Cuyp’s The Passage Boat (featured later). This seems at first a strange pairing – an ideal, religious landscape with a matter-of-fact scene of everyday life in the Dutch Republic. Closer examination reveals the qualities they share - a tranquil atmosphere and golden luminosity.

Purchased in 1811