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Lucas van Uden and David Teniers the Younger, Peasants merry-making before a Country House

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Full title Peasants merry-making before a Country House
Artist Lucas van Uden and David Teniers the Younger
Artist dates 1595 - 1672; 1610 - 1690
Date made about 1650
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 178.5 × 264.2 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by John Hanbury Martin, 1948
Inventory number NG5866
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Peasants merry-making before a Country House
Lucas van Uden and David Teniers the Younger

This grand country house has been identified as Kasteel d’Ursel in Hingene on the border between the old Duchy of Brabant and the County of Flanders. It was the private summer residence of the Duke of Ursel, a powerful aristocrat from nearby Antwerp and it still exists, though it has changed significantly through modifications made in the eighteenth century. Its original appearance can be seen in Flandria Illustrata (1641), a publication containing descriptions of the main towns and villages of the county of Flanders.

Lucas van Uden mostly lived and worked in Antwerp, though he also visited Brussels and other nearby towns. The landscape is thought to have been painted by van Uden, but the figures were probably done by David Teniers the Younger, who is famous for his scenes of peasants making merry. Teniers and van Uden worked together on other occasions and collaborations of this kind were common at the time.

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