Siberechts specialised in genre scenes set in the countryside, such as this, during the first part of his career.

The date on the inscription may tentatively be read as 1658. What is certain is that the work derives from the artist's Antwerp period, before he moved to England in about 1672.

Key facts

Artist dates
1627 - 1700/3
Full title
A Cowherd passing a Horse and Cart in a Stream
Date made
probably 1658
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
63.8 x 54.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by John P. Heseltine, 1907
Inventory number
Location in Gallery