A Herdsboy with Cattle and Sheep, Michiel Carré (1657-1727).

Oil on canvas, in a carved and gilded frame, 33.5cm by 42.5cm.

The artist was born at the Hague, where he studied with his older brother, and other painters, including Nicolaas Berchem (1620-1683).

He spent some time in England, where according to Houbraken, the biographer of Dutch Golden Age artists, his works were not popular.

However, his Italianate landscapes found favour with Frederick I, King of Prussia (1657-1713), who invited him to Berlin as one of his court painters. 

Carré remained in Berlin until the King’s death, when he returned to his native Holland.


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