Studio of Pieter Brueghel the Younger (Antwerp 1564-1638)
The Kermesse of Saint George oil on canvas 112 x 160cm (44 1/8 x 63in).
The present composition is known from an engraving after Pieter Brueghel the Elder by Hieronymous Cock. It possibly formed a pendant to Brueghel's Kermesse of Hoboken, which incorporates a similar tavern to the right and church to the centre. Other early painted versions of the composition include: a panel, 67 x 96 cm., sale, Galerie Fiévez, Brussels, 25-27 June, 1923, lot 11 (as Pieter Balten); a panel, 49 x 67 cm., sale, M.R.A., Paris, 17 June, 1931, lot 13 (as Pieter Brueghel the Younger); a panel, 68 x 98 cm., Winter Collection, sale, Galerie Giroux, March 1928, lot 27 (as Pieter Balten); a panel, 42.2 x 66.6 cm., exhibited 1943-1944, Galerie E. Slatter, London; on panel, 86 x 125 cm., private collection, Prague, 1962 (as after Pieter Brueghel the Younger); panel, 175 x 150 cm., with Galerie van Duren, London (as Pieter Brueghel the Younger); and a panel, 82 x 115 cm., private collection, Belgium (dated 1600).