Van de Velde often reused drawings of animals which he had made from life. The goat also appears in 'A Goat and a Kid' (also in the National Gallery), and in other works, as does the cow which appears in 'Jacob departing from Laban' (London, Wallace Collection) and in at least three versions of the mythological subject of Mercury and Argus. Both animals can also be found in his 'Mercury and Battus' of 1671, (Prague, Národní Galerie).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1636 - 1672
Full title
A Bay Horse, a Cow, a Goat and Three Sheep near a Building
Date made
1663
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
31 x 37 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG983
Location in Gallery