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A wooded landscape with a bridge and sportsmen at the edge of the river



Paul Bril

Belgium, Italy

1553 or 1554 - 07 Oct 1626




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


88.3 x 67.5 cm stretcher; 111.4 x 90.1 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Purchased with funds provided by the Sinclair Gillies Deaccessioning Fund and Sam Hughes Memorial Fund 1998

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Artist information

Paul Bril

Works in the collection


The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact


Private Collection, 1748, Italy, unidentified 18th century Italian collection (label verso)

Otto E Messinger, circa 1910, Rome/Italy, in the collection of Messinger by 1910, see 'La Collection Messinger' by P d'Achiardi, 1910, plate no. 87

Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, 12 Nov 1918, Berlin/Germany, Anonymous sale, no.55 (with pendant).

Galerie Krinzinger, 02 Apr 1932, Düsseldorf/Germany, Anonymous sale. 'Gemälde alter und neuer Meister aus Privatbesitz', as 'Romantische Landschaft mit Jagdszene'

Abels Brothers, 1935, Cologne/North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany, [dealer]

Private Collection, pre 1997, Austria

Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, 1997-Aug 1998, Vienna/Austria, Purchased by Galerie Sanct Lucas from an Austrian Noble Family 1997.

Johnny Van Haeften Ltd, 1997-Aug 1998, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Johnny Van Haeften Ltd 1998. Johnny Van Haeften Ltd owned the painting in partnership with Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna.

Referenced in 4 publications


P d'Achiardi, La Collection Messinger, Unknown, 1910, pp 172–75, fig 87, illus p 173.

Connell Nisbet, Look, 'Acquisitive minds', Sydney, Dec 2003-Jan 2004, pp 23–27: col illus p 24.

Luuk Pijl, Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings, 'No 10 – Paul Bril – A wooded landscape with a bridge and sportsmen at the edge of the river', London, 1997, no 10, col illus np.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1999, 'Collections: European Art Before 1900', Sydney, 1999, pp 20–21: p 21.