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Still life of fruit and a pie on a table

The Royal Collection has a stunning collection of seventeenth century Dutch art


During Charles II's reign still-lifes were hugely admired, the Dutch being particularly renowned for their virtuosic ability to create illusions of reality in paint. It was then that Pieter van Roestraten and Simon Verelst came to England to work. The former was recommended to Charles II by Peter Lely, although there is no record of any commission, whereas Verelst was hugely popular with the King and court, for whom he also executed portraits. 

Willem Claesz. Heda (Haarlem 1593/4-1680/2)

Still Life on a Table

Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten (Haarlem c.1631-London 1700)

A Vanitas

Attributed to Jan Davidsz de Heem (Utrecht 1606-Antwerp 1684)

Still Life with a Nautilus Cup

Maria van Oosterwyck (Noorddorp 1630-Uitdam 1693)

Still Life with Flowers, Insects and a Shell

Simon Verelst (1644-1721)

A Bunch of Grapes

Willem van Aelst (Delft 1625/6-Amsterdam after 1683)

Dead Game with Trophies of the Chase