Simon Luttichuys (1610-1662)
|Artist Name||Simon Luttichuys (1610-1662)|
|Title||Dutch Golden Age Portrait|
|Description||This incredible 17th century portrait oil painting is by Dutch Golden Age artist Simon Luttichuys or Simon Littlehouse as he was also known. Painted in oil on panel circa 1650 the young gentleman appears to be wearing a Puritan or Pilgrim type collar. The detail in his face is quite astounding. The cloth background is very typical of Luttichuys paintings.
Our painting came from Warren House which was designed by Regency architect John Nash. It was built in 1801–2 for George Eyre, scion of a long-established Wiltshire landowning family. In 2017 it was being sold for the first time, having been the New Forest seat of seven generations of Eyres, with a guide price 9.75 million.A genuine Dutch Golden Agge painting which should be in a museum.
Signed lower right.
|Provenance||Warren House, Bramshaw, New Forest, Hampshire.
This is a fully catalogued work as Simon Luttichuys. Further povenance is in the catalogue raisonee by Bernd Ebert where the painting is photographed on three occasions and mentioned on pages 251, 486 and 528.
|Size||24 x 30 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a fine ebonised frame, 38 inches by 32 inches.|
|Biography||Simon Luttichuys (1610-1662) was a painter born in London and the son of Dutch parents. He was a well sought-after Dutch Golden Age artist of his time painting portraits and still-life. A decade following Luttichuys relocation to Amsterdam in 1649, the London writer William Sanderson highlighted his extraordinary mastery of painting ‘dead-standing-things’, an early English term for the still life genre, by the Dutch painter named Little-House, a charming Anglicization of the artist's surname. There he continued to practise as a painter until his death in 1662 or 1663. He was probably the same person as Simon Littlehouse who painted a portrait of the bishop Thomas Morton of St. John's College, Cambridge in 1637/1638.( His name in Dutch sounds like Littlehouse). He painted portraits of James, duke of York, and Henry, duke of Gloucester, which were finely engraved by Cornelis van Dalen. Two good still-life pictures in the gallery at Cassel are ascribed to him. The prominent Leiden collector Francois de la Boë Silvius owned four still lifes by Luttichuys. Luttichuys was twice married, first to Anna van Peene and secondly to Johanna Cocks of Naerfick (sic) in England. After Luttichuys died, no less a figure than Willem Kalf finished one of his pictures and was also influenced by Luttichuys. His younger brother, Isaac Luttichuys (1616-1673) also practised as a painter.|