A Boating Party

Part of a series of long, narrow panels by the Lombard artist Polidoro da Caravaggio, Raphael’s most unconventional pupil. Charles I bought it as one of 23 Italian pictures from the dealer William Frizell in 1637.

Despite being hung in a subordinate, decorative fashion beneath other pictures, there is evidence that in the 1630s Charles was hungry to acquire examples of Polidoro’s work, having heard rumour of the artist’s brilliance. The series remains in the Royal Collection today, almost intact.

Van der Doort c.1639


Boating scene, the fourth of the six long and narrow frescoes on panel, 5 full-length figures, 2 satyrs and a woman in a boat, drawn by 2 other women

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 19, № 13
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
1ft 4in x 5ft 3in (40.6 x 160cm)
fresco on panel
wooden gilded frame
one of the 23 Italian pictures the King bought from William Frizell
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Hang notes: 
Under no 12
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 24
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, no 250, 28 x 119
Identification certainty: