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Image number: RS.9776
Credit: ©The Royal Society
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Rustic landscape with shepherd and animals


17th century


Philipp Peter Roos (1657-1706, German), Painter

Object type



diameter (painting): 307mm

Content object

   > landscape


Landscape with a bearded shepherd reclining with his head supported by his left arm. In the foreground are long-horned cattle and sheep, standing in and drinking from a stream or pool. Above the shepherd is a building in an advanced state of ruin, perhaps the same church or abbey in the equivalent painting of this pair. In the distance is a towered building and beyond the clouds are pink, as if at sunset.

Object history

Donated 1961.

The donation is recorded in Council Minutes: “Reported that the Officers had gratefully accepted an offer by Lady Spencer Jones to present to the Royal Society in memory of her husband and his devotion to the Society a pair of pictures painted by Rosa da Tivoli in about 1650. The pictures, which were displayed at the meeting ar equite small and painted on wood; on the reverse side is the seal of the Italian royal family. Resolved – That the thanks of the Society be returned for this gift.” [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, CMP/20, 1957-1961, meeting of 18 May 1961, p.573].

One of a pair of portraits, perhaps intended to represent youth and age.

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