Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place

This is not known to represent a specific battle or historical event. The figures are in seventeenth-century dress.The architecture and the cypress trees show that the scene is a southern one, presumably Italian, and the picture no doubt reflects Verschuring's experience of Italy. However, it is unlikely to date from the artist's Italian years: a very similar battle scene, signed and dated 1677, was in the Czernin collection in Vienna (in 1936) and this painting probably also dates from around 1677.

Key facts

Artist dates
1627 - 1690
Full title
Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Date made
about 1677
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
91 x 113.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Augustine Sargent, 1917
Inventory number
Location in Gallery