The Riding Lesson

Artist or maker:
Lingelbach, Johannes (b.1622, d.1674)
previously attributed to Jan van Huchtenburgh (Dutch, b.1647, d.1733)
dated stylistically
Place of production:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
oil on panel
Type of object:
Accession number:


Johannes Lingelbach is much better known for his paintings of Roman streets and Italian ports featuring peasants and vagabonds. This painting shows how he combined these figures with a subject made popular by another of his influences, Philips Wouwerman, and the landscape of the North.

The windmill in the background shows that this scene is based in the Netherlands. Lingelbach was born in Frankfurt but settled in Amsterdam where he worked for much of his life. He travelled to Rome in the late 1640s and was one of a number of Northern artists known as the 'Bamboccianti' who painted low-life genre scenes popular with Italian and Dutch patrons. Other Dutch artists copied his subject matter even though they had never travelled to Italy.

Lingelbach did paint the subject of the riding school more than once, as attests a picture of an elegant civic riding school in the Rijksmuseum. Wouwerman had perfected such equestrian scenes. They allowed him to depict a range of different horses and riders, as illustrated by one of his paintings at Waddesdon. But whereas Wouvermans tended to depict aristocratic figures, Lingelbach's scene is dominated by rough travellers and dwarves. Even the two soldiers who observe the scene look like they have seen better days.

Phillippa Plock, 2011

Physical description

Dimensions (mm):
330 x 413
319 x 399 - sight
Signature & date:
signed, lower left: J. Lingelbach
Owner's mark
on verso, wax seal with three fleurs-de-lis, two over one surmounted by a crown, surrounded by inscription


Owned by the notary Ricquier (active in Rouen Late 18th Century); acquired by Alice de Rothschild (b.1847, d.1922); inherited by her great-nephew James de Rothschild (b.1878, d.1957); given to Waddesdon, The Rothschild Collection (The National Trust) by the Treasury Solicitor in lieu of taxes on the Estate of Mr James de Rothschild in 1963.
Waddesdon (National Trust)
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Trust for display at Waddesdon Manor, 1963



Ellis Waterhouse, Anthony Blunt; Paintings: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor; Fribourg; Office du Livre, The National Trust; 1967; p. 152, cat. no. 63, ill.

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