Mrs. Elizabeth Tilson (died 1840)
Probably Sir Thomas Tilson, of 29 Coleman Street, City of London and of South Road House, Clapham Park, Surrey
By inheritance in 1874 to his wife Dame Maria Tilson
By descent in 1892 to her nephew-in-law, Tilson Lee Esq.
By descent to Mrs. Ada Hester Lee, of Westfield House, Lewes, Sussex (died 1924)
By descent to her grand-daughter, the late Mrs. Patricia Rosamund Landon Lee, until 2004
Anon sale, Sotheby’s, London, 8 July 2004, lot 100 (attributed to P. Gysels)
With Johnny Van Haeften Limited, London, 2004
Private collection, Guernsey, 2004-2021
We are grateful to Dr. Klaus Ertz for confirming the attribution after examining the painting at first hand in 2004.
The son of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Jan the Younger was also a highly proficient painter of Flemish village scenes, and this one is no exception. Of very high quality and in remarkable condition, the painting depicts on a small panel the many activities associated with a Flemish village in the early 17th Century with people going about their business, conversing, a watermill churning away and many aspects of rural life almost as if in a snapshot.