Abraham Govaerts

(1589 - Antwerp - 1626)

A Wooded Landscape with Venus and Adonis

Oil on panel, 21 x 30 ins. (53.3 x 76 cm)
Framed: 26¾ x 35⅞ ins. (68 x 91 cm)


Edward Webster (d. 1874), North Lodge, Ealing
Anon. Sale, Christie’s, London, 1 June 1956, part of lot 69, as “D. Vinckeboons”,
sold for 550 guineas, presumably to Captain or Mrs. T. Renshaw, and by
inheritance to the previous owners, 2011
With Charles Beddington Limited, London, 2011
Private collection, Guernsey, 2011-2022


The staffage is by the Antwerp painter Hans Jordaens III (c. 1595-1643)

Dr. Ursula Härting has kindly confirmed the attribution on the basis of photographs. 


Abraham Govaerts is a Flemish landscape painter who belongs to the generation immediately following that of Jan Brueghel the Elder. It is possible that he was his pupil or at the very least a keen admirer. He himself was the son of an art dealer and became a Master in 1607. He drew inspiration from Joos de Momper and Gillis van Coninxloo, but as of 1620 developed his own style. This panel painting shows the quality of his execution and remains in remarkable condition.