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Itinerant Musicians

Jan Steen (Leyden 1626 – Leyden 1679)

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

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Collection

Ascott Estate, Buckinghamshire

On show at

National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA, External Locations

NT 1535111

Summary

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.

Provenance

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; accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by HM Government and allocated to the National Trust, 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

References

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 of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters, London, 1842 Westrheene, 1856: J. van Westrheene, Jan Steen, The Hague, 1856, p. 130, no. 137 Hofstede de Groot 1907-28 Cornelis Hofstede de Groot, Beschreibendes und Kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten Holländischen Maler des XVII Jahrhunderts,1907-28 Martin 1954, W. Martin, Jan Steen 1954, p. 79

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