Gathering before a Village Inn
attributed to Isack van Ostade (Haarlem 1621 – Haarlem 1649)
The flurry of social interaction occasioned by the arrival of a group of travellers at a Dutch wayside inn was a typical subject for Van Ostade in 1640s. The tumbledown architecture is handled with this artist’s characteristic delicacy although the treatment of the figures, especially the white horse at the centre of the scene, is less sensitive than his best compositions, suggesting that this is the work of more than one hand or a good imitator.
Oil painting on panel, Gathering before a Village Inn, attributed to Isack van Ostade (Haarlem 1621 – Haarlem 1649), 1640s. A group of peasants outside a village inn; a horseman has halted among them and a man is feeding a horse harnessed to a wagon, on which sits a woman feeding a child; at the left another horse is feeding from a trough. Signed on barrel: "Es. van Ostade".
R. Sanderson sale, Christie's, 20 March 1858, lot 10, bought by (?) Morris; J. Morris sale, Christie's, 3 March 1883, lot 64, bought by Lesser, from whom acquired by William McEwan for £1,575 in 1894; The bequest of Margaret (Anderson) McEwan, The Hon. Mrs Ronald - later Dame Margaret - Henry Fulke Greville, DBE (1863-1942) from probate records linked with the donation of the property to the National Trust in 1943. This item found on the record for Polesden Lacey pictures, drawings etc., the Gun Room Lavatory, page 134.
Polesden Lacey, The McEwan Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Es.. van Ostade (signed, on barrel)
Makers and roles
attributed to Isack van Ostade (Haarlem 1621 – Haarlem 1649), artist