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At first a gilder and frame-maker in his father’s shop, Schelfhout became a pupil of the decorative painter Joannes Breckenheijmer and began to exhibit landscapes in 1815. His pictures were deeply indebted to the example of seventeenth-century Dutch art. But he was also influenced by the fresh, lively style of contemporary English and French landscape painting which he discovered during a trip to Paris in 1830.
oil on oak panel
H 46.9 x W 63 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1860; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897