Skip to main content

Hendrick Verschuring, Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place

Key facts
Full title Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Artist Hendrick Verschuring
Artist dates 1627 - 1690
Date made about 1677
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 91 × 113.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Augustine Sargent, 1917
Inventory number NG3134
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Hendrick Verschuring

The sun glows on the rump of a grey horse galloping into battle, ridden by a young aristocrat. To the right, a riderless horse escapes the carnage, its tossing head standing out against the turmoil of figures, human and animal. Two tall trees that have so far survived the skirmish pierce the sky like spears. Smoke billows, adding to the sense of the smell of such a scene.

This is an imaginary battle in an imaginary place. Verschuring, although Dutch, had lived in Italy for some time. The architecture of the distant village is Italian, as is the warm sky that looks down on the bloodshed below, where swords flash and rifle shots rend the air.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

License this image

License and download a high-resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low-resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Download low-resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo