Oil painting on oak panel, A Fiddler at a Opening, after Gerrit Dou (Leyden 1613 – Leyden 1675), bears signature, bottom right and date GDOW 1665. An 18th or 19th century copy of pictures by Gerard Dou (1613 to 1675) at Dresden and Frankfurt. The scene is painted over what appears to be part of another composition, the only identifiable part of which is a pink and blue curtain. The original, dated 1665, is in the Dresden Gemäldegalerie.
Early 19th century hanging-plans, in the Great Drawing Room: '12 Fiddler Gerard Dou' [lower register, in the middle of the predella of small pictures]; and thence by inheritance and descent, until accepted in lieu of tax on the death of Admiral the Hon. Sir Herbert Meade-Fetherstonhaugh (1875-1964) in 1965 and transferred to the National Trust by the Treasury, September 1990
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: GDOW1665 (signed and dated; it is meant to be Dou)
Verso: Christie's stencil on back of panel: 827 K
Makers and roles
after Gerrit Dou (Leyden 1613 – Leyden 1675), artist