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Creator:
Claude de Jongh, ca. 1600–1663, Dutch, active in Britain (1615, 1625, 1627, 1628)
Title:

The Thames at Westminster Stairs

Date:
1631
Medium:
Oil on panel
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 18 1/4 x 31 1/2 inches (46.4 x 80 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

signed and dated 1631

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1973.1.31
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abbey | boat | buildings | chapel | church | cityscape | landscape | palace | people | reflection | river | tower (building division)
Associated Places:
City of Westminster | England | Europe | Lady chapel, Westminster Abbey | London | Palace of Westminster | St. Margaret, Westminster Abbey | St. Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster | Thames | United Kingdom | Westminster | Westminster Abbey | Westminster Hall
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:4984
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Claude de Jongh was a successful painter based in Utrecht who made several short visits to England, where the Dutch tradition of landscape painting was only beginning to become popular. Although de Jongh’s views of London were derived from drawings made on site, the paintings were made in his studio in Utrecht and may have been intended as much for the Dutch as the British market. This landscape depicts the Abbey and Royal Palace of Westminster, the latter being the home to the English Parliament in the seventeenth century. When de Jongh painted this view, Parliament had been dissolved and would not be recalled by Charles I for another nine years, by which time the relations between monarch and Parliament had deteriorated to the point of armed conflict.

Gallery label for installation of ycba collection, 2016



This is a view of Westminster, looking across the River Thames from a vantage point at the top of a flight of steps on the south bank. The tall buildings are (from left to right): St. Stephen's Chapel in the Palace of Westminster, which was destroyed by fire in 1834; Westminster Hall; an unknown tower, no longer standing, in front of the "Lady Chapel," which contains the tomb of King Henry VII; and the tower of St. Margaret's, Westminster, in front of the north transept of Westminster Abbey itself. The boats and the low houses whose doors open out onto the river are reminders of the vital role played by the Thames in the seventeenth century, as a thoroughfare, market place, rubbish dump, and sewer.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2005

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 130-131, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Richard T. Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar, a Bohemian artist in England , Yale University Press, New Haven, 1994, p. 63, no. 29, NJ18 H73 G63 1994 + (YCBA)

John T. Hayes, Claude de Jongh, Burlington Magazine, Vol. 98,no.634, January 1956, pp. 3-11, fig. 14, N1 B87 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Julia Marciari-Alexander, This other Eden, paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1998, pp. 28-29, no. 3, ND1314.3 Y36 1998 (YCBA)

Sarah ( Sarah Helen ) Monks, The Visual Economies of the Downriver Thames in Eighteenth-Century British Art, Visual Culture in Britain, vol. 7, Summer 2006, pp. 1, 16, fn 3, N6761 V57 (YCBA) Also available on line : Art Source

Painting in England 1630-1870, June 5th - July 13, 1973 , Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd., June 5 1973 -July 13, 1973, [pp. 2-3], no. 2, Dealer Catalogues

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v.3, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA)

Ian Tyers, The tree-ring analysis of 23 panel paintings from the Yale Center for British Art , New Haven, dendrochronological consultancy report 470 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2011, pp. 15, 16, 86-88, fig. 55, CC78.3 .T94 2011

Ellis Waterhouse, The Dictionary of 16th & 17th Century British Painters, Antique Collectors' Club, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1988, p. 147, ND464 W38 1988 (LC) (YCBA)

Christopher White, The Dutch and Flemish drawings of the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge [England] New York, 1994, p. 259, fig. 27, NC258 W48 1994 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 3, N590.2 A82 (YCBA)

Yale Center for British Art, Selected paintings, drawings & books, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 1977, p. 3, 715 Y18 977b (YCBA)


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