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There is something rather mysterious about this rare – and tiny – landscape by Jan van der Heyden, who specialised in painting urban scenes in a highly precise and realistic way. In this picture he has, instead, thrown a sort of veil over the buildings, a screen of trees which obscures our view.
Despite this warmth, there is deep shade in the foreground and gloom in the underwood, and the pool reflects back only the sombre shadows of the trees and buildings.
Oil on oak
H 22.1 x W 28.8 cm
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876