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Nicolaes Berchem (Haarlem 1620-Amsterdam 1683)

A Mountainous Landscape with Herdsmen Driving Cattle down a Road Signed and dated 1673

Oil on canvas | 71.8 x 91.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405345

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Berchem creates a sweeping, if conventional, perspective of repeating hillocks and winding paths, the colour shifting from brown in the foreground through green to blue in the distance. Picturesque groups of cattle, sheep, dogs and herdsmen are conjured up with a brilliant flicker of the brush.

Acquired by George IV in 1814, when Prince Regent, from the Baring Collection