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Landscape with villagers and laundresses

circa 1720-1749


Alessandro Magnasco


1667 - 1749


Other Titles


Peasants at work in a extensive river landscape


circa 1720-1749

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


73.0 x 96.5 cm canvas; 93.0 x 116.0 x 1.1 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Private collection

Accession number


Artist information

Alessandro Magnasco

Works in the collection



Sir Herbert Cook, post 1920-1939, England, Probably acquired by Sir Herbert Cook, Copseham, Esher. Transferred, presumably between 1920 when Cook inherited and 1932 (see Literature) to hang with the remainder of the Cook collection at Doughty House, Richmond; by descent to his son Sir Francis Cook, 4th Baronet (1907–78).

Sir Francis Cook, 1939-1978, England, By marriage to his wife Lady Brenda Cook. The painting was on loan to the Manchester Art Gallery from 1964–82.

Brenda, Lady Cook, 1978-06 Jul 1984, England, Lady Brenda Cook was Sir Francis Cook, 4th Bt's widow. Sold by the Doughty House Trust, Christie's London, 6 July 1984, lot 114, for ₤12.960.

The Woollahra Trading Company Ltd, post 06 Jul 1984-30 Mar 2007, London/England, Acquired from them by Kenneth Reed 30 March 2007.

Referenced in 6 publications


Jill Sykes, Look, '"New" old masters: an enriching gift for the Gallery's collection', Sydney, Nov 2010, pp 18–19: p 19.

Magnasco, Bergamo, 1949, p 131, illus pl no 74. As 'Paesaggio con villici e lavandaie'.

Important old master pictures, London, 06 Jul 1984, p 195, no 114, col illus p 194. As 'An extensive wooded river landscape with washerwomen and peasants in the foreground'. The Property of the Trustees of The Doughty House Trust.

Abridged catalogue of the pictures at Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey in the collection of Sir Herbert Cook Bart, 1932, p 33, no 554. 'From Esher'.

Saggio d’un catalogo delle pitture di Alessandro Magnasco 1667-1749: regesti e bibliografia, Venice, 1945?, p 61. As 'Paesaggio'.

Alessandro Magnasco, Ravenna, 1994, p 323, no R389. Figures not by Magnasco?