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.
1627 - 1690
Cavalry attacking a Fortified Place
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
91 x 113.5 cm
Presented by Augustine Sargent, 1917
Location in Gallery