Painter/Artist: Nicholas Berchem

Dutch School. Influenced by J. B. Weenix, and possibly by a visit to Italy, he preferred the conventional and artificial to the pure nature study of his great compatriots. A cattle-piece in miniature, at Dorchester House, has earned for itself the name of Dianmant de la Curioosite. His works are very numerous.

LONDON, WALLACE COLLECTION.

THE MUSICAL SHEPHERDESS “This beautiful pastoral scene represents a bold rocky coast under the appearance of the close of day. The rustics have ended their labours, and are recreating with music and dancing. A group composed of two peasants and two women occupies the foreground; one of the latter, attired in a blue mantle, is gaily striking a tambourine and dancing to the music; her companion, in a yellow dress, sits near her; the shepherds also are seated, and one of them appears to have just ceased playing a pipe which he holds. The goats are browsing near them. Painted in the artist’s most fascinating style.” (Smith.)