Figures around a fire, before an extensive river landscape, with a ship moored in the distance oil on panel 26.5 x 46.8cm (10 7/16 x 18 7/16in). unframed
PROVENANCE: With Lasson Gallery, London, October-December, 1965, where purchased by the present owner's family and thence by descent
LITERATURE: H. Devisscher,'Bijdrage tot de studie van de zestiende-eeuwse Vlaamse Landschapschilder Kerstiaen de Keuninck', in Gentse Bijdragen tot de Kunstgeschiedenes, XXVI, 1981-1984, p. 155 H. Devisscher, Kerstiaen de Keuninck 1560-1633, De Schilderijen met Catalogue Raisonné (Düsseldorf, 1987), pp. 188-189, cat. no. 43, ill.
In Devissher's 1987 catalogue he refers to numerous motifs in the present composition by which we may recognise the hand of de Keuninck: the gentle, circular display of trees on the hillside occurs in many of his works; the silhouette of the tree on the left of the panel is comparable to that in the Landscape with the Good Samaritan (op. cit., cat no. A8); the two ships in the river are of the same type as those in the Fall of Phaëton, The Fall of Troy in Kortrijk and The Disasters of Humanity (op. cit., cat. nos. A.11, A. 23 and A. 25). The small, white figures, moreover, find their counterpart in the Landscape with Tobias and the Angel at Karlsruhe (op. cit., cat. no. A. 13). Finally, Devisscher observes how the sharp sunrays and the contrast between the light and dark areas in the foreground reveal irrefutably the hand of de Keuninck (op. cit., p. 189).