A village landscape with a portrait of Jan Brueghel the Elder and his family and numerous other figures by a river oil on panel 55.5 x 94.7 cm. (21 7/8 x 37¼ in.)
PROVENANCE: The Property of Major J. Godman, Sotheby's, London, 25th November, 1970, lot 103 (as Jan Brueghel the Elder) Acquired by the present owner from Frost and Reed, London (as Jan Brueghel the Younger)
LITERATURE: Klaus Ertz, Jan Brueghel the Younger, Luca Verlag, 1984, cat. no. 43, p.225, illustrated p.225 (as Jan Brueghel the Younger)
Dr. Klaus Ertz has recently confirmed his attribution to Jan Brueghel the Younger on inspection of the original, suggesting the picture dates to before the end of the 1630s (verbal communication, 20th April, 2005). The composition is after Jan Brueghel the Elder's model, Village Landscape with Self-Portrait in the Kustshistorisches Museum, Vienna. The family of Jan Brueghel the Elder is shown in the left-hand foreground: the boy shown in three-quarter profile beside Jan the Elder, who is facing the viewer, is probably a portrait of Jan Brueghel the Younger at the age of 11-12.