A Hilly Landscape with Figures

This scene is inspired by the landscape along the lower Rhine. Cuyp used the warm Italian sunlight he had adopted from his colleagues who specialised in Italianate landscapes.

It is an important work of Cuyp's maturity and was probably painted around 1655-60. Weaknesses in the drawing of, for example, the shepherdess, are entirely consistent with Cuyp's style at that period.

This painting was in the Angerstein collection which formed the basis of the National Gallery when it opened in 1824.

Key facts

Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
A Hilly River Landscape with a Horseman talking to a Shepherdess
Date made
about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
135 x 201.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1824
Inventory number
Location in Gallery