A Rocky Landscape with Peasants and Pack Mules

A man is beating one of the pack mules in the middle distance. The picture reflects Both's familiarity with the Italian landscape, of which he had first-hand experience from his stay in Rome from 1635 until 1641. It is dated on grounds of style to around 1645, a few years after his return from Italy.

It is first recorded with certainty in an engraving of the composition by William Byrne and J. Schuman of 1790.

This picture was presented by Sir George Beaumont in 1823/8.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1615 - 1652
Full title
A Rocky Landscape with Peasants and Pack Mules
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
119.5 x 160 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir George Beaumont, 1823/8
Inventory number
Location in Gallery