For years, scholars could not quite put their finger on who was responsible for this landscape - it manages to be reminiscent of the work of both Jacob van Ruisdael and of Jan Wijnants, without being quite "right" for either. As early as 1927, the name of Jan van Kessel was suggested, and this has been confirmed recently with the discovery of a sketch for the central oak. The dome on the horizon is that of the Huis ten Bosch, built for the widow of the Stadtholder, Amalia van Solms, between 1645 and 1652; it is now the home of the Queen of the Netherlands.
Artist: van Kessel, Jan
118 x 154
Oil on canvas
A Wood near The Hague, with a view of the Huis ten Bosch