A Landscape with Horseman, Herders and Cattle

The figures and animals in the foreground are silhouetted against a bright sunny sky. The panoramic vista that stretches before them is inspired by the landscape between Nijmegen and Cleves in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Cuyp had visited this area during his travels in the early 1650s.

This picture was probably painted in the later 1650s. There is a drawing for the sleeping boy on a signed sheet of studies (now Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1620 - 1691
Full title
A Horseman with a Cowherd and Two Boys in a Meadow, and Seven Cows
Date made
probably about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
80 x 106 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
NG822
Location in Gallery