Anton Mauve 1838-1888
N02711 Chevaux sortant de l'Abreuvoir (Watering Horses) 1871
Inscribed 'A. Mauve' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 15 1/4 x 23 5/8 (38.5 x 60)
Presented by J.C.J. Drucker to the National Gallery 1910; transferred c.1920
Prov: With Goupil, The Hague (purchased from the artist 15 September 1871); with French Gallery, London, 17 October 1871; Joseph J. Elliot and C.E. Fry; sold by them at Christie's, London, 18 April 1891, lot 109; bt. J.C.J. Drucker, London, £105
Exh: A Collection of Representative Pictures by Anton Mauve, Goupil Gallery, London, October-November 1894 (3); Loan Collection of Modern Dutch Pictures and Watercolour Drawings, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, January 1899 (76); A Selection of Works by Early and Modern Painters of the Dutch School, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, June-July 1903 (97); on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1903-7; on loan to the National Gallery, London, from 1907 until presented
Lit: Ernst Peter Engel, Anton Mauve (1838-1888): Bronnenverkenning en Analyse van zijn Oeuvre (Utrecht 1967), No.63, n.p., repr. (dated 1871)
Repr: Max Rooses (ed.), Dutch Painters of the Nineteenth Century (London 1900), Vol.3, p.2 as 'Horses wading through the Ford'; Burlington Magazine, II, 1903, p.183
This is almost certainly the painting 'Chevaux sortant de l'Abreuvoir' (Horses leaving a Watering-Place) which appears in the record books of the Goupil Gallery at The Hague (No.5856) as bought from the artist on 15 September 1871 and sold to H. Wallis of the French Gallery, London, on 17 October 1871. There are, however, no numbers on the back to confirm this. It has usually been known in England, at least since 1891, as 'Watering Horses'.
Mrs E. von Brunner wrote (letter of 20 October 1953) that it represents the land near Oosterbeek in the neighbourhood of Arnhem. There is a related but slightly smaller painting in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, dated by Engel 1870, which shows two horses drinking from a watering-place in more or less the same positions, but with a different rider and in a different, though similar landscape setting.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists,, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.505, reproduced p.505