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  • Description

    A man dancing; seen from behind, wearing a round cap, his hands at his waist Pen and brown ink, and watercolour

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  • Date

    • 1670-1685 (c.)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 78 millimetres
    • Width: 46 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in monogram
  • Curator's comments

    The 1995 Ostade Exhibition label text (exhibited with 1836-8-11-430,431 and 432): The drawings are all datable to about 1670. The dancing couple appears slightly left-of-centre in van Ostade's painting, signed and dated 1670, at Ascott House, Buckinghamshire (National Trust). A copy of the drawing is in Besançon (Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie).


  • Bibliography

    • Hind 26 bibliographic details
    • Schnackenburg 306 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Dutch Roy XVIIc

  • Exhibition history

    1995 Jan-Apr, BM, Ostade (no cat.)

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    Prints & Drawings

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