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There seems to be an odd mixture of activities here; some people are farming, while others watch, and mythological figures appear in the background.

This is because the artist has drawn on different sources for this set of four paintings. At the centre are the agricultural activities appropriate for each season, in this case chopping firewood and loading it onto a donkey, for winter. Food is also being prepared in an outdoor kitchen. These scenes are copied from 16th-century paintings by Jacopo and Francesco Bassano, which were widely known from prints. The artist has added people in contemporary 17th-century dress, here preparing to skate, and the small-scale scenes in the background, here possibly a winter carnival.

The paintings have previously been attributed to the circle of Louis de Caulery, who often depicted aristocratic figures as well as mythological ones, but this cannot be confirmed.

English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall



The Four Seasons: Winter




oil on copper


H 28.9 x W 38.4 cm

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purchased at auction, 2001

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