Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870) At the poultry stall on the Groenmarkt, The Hague
Lot 8
Petrus van Schendel
(Belgian 1806-1870)
At the poultry stall on the Groenmarkt, The Hague
Sold for £ 60,000 (US$ 79,369) inc. premium

Lot Details
Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870) At the poultry stall on the Groenmarkt, The Hague
Petrus van Schendel (Belgian 1806-1870)
At the poultry stall on the Groenmarkt, The Hague
signed and dated 'P. van Schendel. 1868' (lower left); signed, dated and dedicated 'J'ai peint ce tableau.pour/Mr. Henry C. Gibson. de Philadelphia./P. van Schendel. 1868.' (on the reverse)
oil on panel
71.1 x 54.6cm (28 x 21 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Mr. Henry C. Gibson Collection, America (acquired directly from the artist).
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 28 October 1986, lot 4.
    Williams & Son, London.
    MacConnal-Mason & Son Ltd., London.
    Private collection, UK.

    Literature
    Jan M.M. de Meere, Petrus van Schendel (1806-1870) Een leven tussen licht en donker, Primavera, Leiden, 2012, no. 284 (illustrated p. 165-167).

    Petrus van Schendel attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp completing his studies in 1828. As well as traditional portraiture and biblical scenes, his subject matter was often interior scenes lit with candles and lamplight, meticulously detailed evening market scenes and moonlight landscapes. Within a short time, he became the most important exponent of this style in the 19th century romantic period.

    Henry Clay Gibson (1830-1891), for whom this work was painted, was a successful banker, real estate developer and distiller. He inherited his father's distillery business in 1865, on land to the south of Pittsburgh and on the east side of the Monongahela River. His father, John Gibson was an immigrant from Belfast in Ireland, who also ran a liquor business in Philadelphia.

    Henry C. Gibson supported many of Pennsylvania's cultural institutions and upon his death in 1891, most of his collection was bequeathed to The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

    His wealth enabled him to indulge his passion for collecting and he amassed an impressive collection of 19th century European paintings which included works by Thomas Couture, Jules Breton, Gustave Brion, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eugène Fromentin, Rosa Bonheur, James Tissot and Gustave Courbet.
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