The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
A Conversation by the Sea
  • Follower of Philips Wouwermans (1619 - 1668)
  • A Conversation by the Sea
  • Netherlands
  • probably late 17th century
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 24.3 x 33.2 cm
    Frame size: 52 x 60 x 6 cm
  • Inscription: 'PHILIPS [in monogram] W'
  • P187
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The scale of the figures and horses, placed before an extensive Italianate landscape, implies that this is a transitional work, painted in the 1650s between the artist’s early and middle periods. Pentimenti reveal that Wouwermans erased a goat and two cows to the right of the standing lady and two ducks behind the left-hand figure group. This created a tighter composition and focused attention upon the elegant couple at the centre of the picture, thereby adding to the mood of ambiguous gallantry (cf. Watteau).