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Seated Shepherd with Cows and Sheep in a Meadow

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Born in Dordrecht, Aelbert Cuyp was an enormously influential landscape painter. His work was greatly admired in Britain from the eighteenth century onwards, and had an impact on artists such as Richard Wilson, Gainsborough, Constable and Turner. A relatively early work, dating from around 1644, this atmospheric and luminous pastoral scene reveals Cuyp’s distinctive poetic feeling for landscape. The picture is documented in Britain from 1834, and was very likely acquired in the mid-eighteenth century.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1644


oil on oak panel


H 48.3 x W 74.3 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the Ashmolean, the Tradescant Group, the Elias Ashmole Group, a private donor, and (Miller Fund), from Michael Clarke-Jervoise through Sir Jack Baer, 2004

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