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Still life with imaginary view

circa 1645-circa 1650


Laurens Craen


circa 1620 - between 1665-1671


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Still life

Still life with landscape view through curtain


circa 1645-circa 1650

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Materials used

oil on panel


63.4 x 85.3 cm board; 81.0 x 103.7 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Sir Arthur Downes in memory of his uncle J.F. Downes and of his cousin F.W.A. Downes H.L.A. 1929

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Artist information

Laurens Craen

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Sir Arthur Henry Downes, England, Gift of Sir Arthur Downes 1929. Letter from Downes 1929 "there is a tradition that the picture was won at cards by a gambling Mytton of former days" (Mytton was a Downes ancestor).

Referenced in 8 publications


Don Anderson (Editor), Banquet of the mind, Milsons Point, 2000, col illus on cover.

Norbert Middlekoop, The golden age of Dutch art: seventeenth century paintings from the Rijksmuseum and Australian collections, Perth, 1997, pp 54–55, no 15, col illus p 54.

Norbert Middlekoop, Art Bulletin of Victoria, no 38, 'Flowery borrowings: notes on a Dutch still life at the National Gallery of Victoria', Melbourne, 1997, pp 45–50: pp 45, 49 note 3.

Robin Carl Norling and Peter Pinson, Robin Norling, Sydney, 2010, pp 16, 17.

Peter Tomory and Robert Gaston, European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, p 116, no 356, illus p 116.

Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Minutes 25.5.1923-28.11.1929, Sydney, 1923-1929, p 1040 (22 Feb 1929).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales (annual report of the trustees for the year 1929), Sydney, 1930, p 2.

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1998 [for the year ended 30 June 1998], Sydney, 1998, p 51. Loan.