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Pieter Verbeeck: 'A White Horse standing by a Sleeping Man'

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The horse may have been derived from a print by Paulus Potter (dated 1652). This painting was once falsely signed as the work of Potter, but cleaning in 1953 revealed that the signature covered Verbeeck's original.

Verbeeck, a native of Haarlem, worked in Alkmaar and Utrecht before returning to Haarlem in 1643. He was influenced by the Italianate landscape painters in Utrecht as well as Paulus Potter and Isack van Ostade. Apart from a few battle scenes, he mainly painted pictures of horses alone or with riders.

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