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Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (August 19, 1621  September 29,1674) Four Officers of the Amsterdam Coopers' and Wine-rackers' Guild Oil on canvas,  1657 163 x 197 cm National Gallery, London, UK
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Title: Four Officers
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Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (August 19, 1621 – September 29,1674)
Four Officers of the Amsterdam Coopers' and Wine-rackers' Guild
Oil on canvas,  1657
163 x 197 cm
National Gallery, London, UK


Signed and dated on the left, behind the dog: G. V. Eeckhou’t.fc/Ao 1657. Inscribed on the document on the table are the following names: Philips vandr Neer. Jan vanden (...)khout/Tomas hendrick Jan Hendrick; and on the seal: KVYPERS EN WYNVERL[ATERS]. (Coopers and Wine-rackers)

In the background is a painting of Saint Matthias (the patron saint of coopers) holding an axe; on its frame are carved the implements of the coopers' trade (an adze and a broad axe).

The tools on the picture frame and the lettering on the seal confirm that the sitters were members of the Amsterdam coopers' guild, to which the wine-rackers were also admitted. The names on the document are clearly those of the sitters, although they cannot be identified individually. The Jan van den Eeckhout mentioned there was the painter's brother and is probably one of the younger men.

Apparently bought from Hris, Brussels, by the 2nd Earl of Clancarty, 1823; bought, 1895.

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