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Oil painting - Landscape with Peasants Regaling Themselves in a Wood
  • Landscape with Peasants Regaling Themselves in a Wood
    Herrlein, Johann Andreas, born 1720 - died 1796
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Landscape with Peasants Regaling Themselves in a Wood

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    ca. 1775 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Herrlein, Johann Andreas, born 1720 - died 1796 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John M. Parsons

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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ca. 1775 (painted)


Herrlein, Johann Andreas, born 1720 - died 1796 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'J A H Pinx 17(?7)5'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower left; 'J A H' in monogram


Height: 27 cm estimate, Width: 37 cm estimate

Object history note

Bequeathed by John M. Parsons, 1870

Historical significance: Companion piece to 568-1870. The composition depicts a group of peasants dining at a clearing in a wood, while they are entertained by one of their number playing a 'hurdy gurdy'. At the left, a boy with a net and a rod approaches, holding up a fish which he has just caught. At the right, a man lights his pipe with an ember from the cooking fire. The building with a tower in the distant background on the left is the castle of Bieberstein, near Fulda (identified by Frans Kramer, written communication, 14 June 1967).

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Landscape with Peasants Regaling Themselves in a Wood', Johann Andrea Herrlein, ca. 1775

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum, acquired during the Year 1870, Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education, London 1871, p.52 as 'Signed J.A.H. French. 18th century'; Kauffmann, C.M., Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973, p. 146, cat. no. 172.

Production Note

Johann Andreas HERRLEIN (1723-96)
German (Fulda) School
Born in Münnerstadt, in 1746 he entered the workshop of the Fulda court painter Emanuel Wohlhaubter, whose daughter he married in 1747, and succeeded him as court painter in 1756. The chamber of mirrors in the Palace at Fulda is decorated with 44 of his paintings (1757). Following the death of the Prince Bishop of Fulda Adalbert von Walderdorff in 1759 and the French siege of the city, he broadened his circle of patrons, and from 1782 he painted numerous works for the art market in Frankfurt, especially genre scenes in the manner of 17th century Netherlandish painters such as David Teniers the younger and Adriaen Brouwer.


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Peasants




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