Itinerant Musicians

Jan Steen (Leyden 1626 – Leyden 1679)
National Trust Inventory Number 1535111

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1659 (signed and dated)
Materials Oil on panel
Measurements 476 x 343 mm (18 3/4 x 13 1/2 in)
Place of origin Leiden
Collection Ascott Estate, Buckinghamshire
On show at Ascott Estate, Buckinghamshire, London and South East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on panel, Itinerant Musicians by Jan Steen (Leyden 1626 – Leyden 1679), signed and dated, on base of column, lower left: J. Steen (JS in monogram), 1659. A doorway of a house at the top of three steps, seen thruogh an arch, are two ladies, one of whom is seated and wears a yellow and balck dress, and the other who stands with her back to the spectator holding a glass of wine and wearing a scarlet skirt and jacket edged with fur; a child, playing a drum, sits beside them; at the right one peasant is playing a flute, and a second, carrying a hurdy gurdy, peers at a dog seated on the steps; in the background other figures and buildings.


John Jeffreys Pratt, 2nd Earl and 1st Marquess of Camden (1759-1840); Marquess of Camden sale, Christie's, 12 June 1841, lot 44; bought C. J. Nieuwenhuys (1799 - 1883); Charles Heusch (c. 1777 - 1848) by 1842; at whose sale Baron Leopold de Rothschild (1845 –1917) bought en bloc; thence by descent until accepted in lieu and transferred to the National Trust in 2000

Credit line

Ascott, The Anthony de Rothschild Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

Recto: 90, in bottom right hand corner

Makers and roles

Jan Steen (Leyden 1626 – Leyden 1679), artist


Ascott, Buckinghamshire, Scala, 2008 by John Martin Robinson and others [pictures entries by Karin Wolfe on basis of Gore entries, 1963 with contributions from Alastair Laing] , no. 26
Smith 1842 John Smith, Supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné, 1842
Westrheene, 1856: J. van Westrheene, Jan Steen, The Hague, 1856, p. 130, no. 137
Hofstede de Groot 1907 C. Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII Jahrhunderts, Vol.I, 1907
Martin 1954, W. Martin, Jan Steen 1954, p. 79

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Periods 17th century (33416)
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Subjects Scenes of everyday or daily life (genre) (5)
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