- Museum number
Saying Grace, print study; a humble interior with a peasant family praying before eating a meal of pottage, the mother seated with a child on her lap, another child standing near the table
Pen and brown and grey ink, with grey wash, over black and red chalk, indented for transfer
- Production date
- 1653 (c.)
Height: 141 millimetres
Width: 122 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Prepartory study removed from the reverse of the etching dated 1653 (Hollstein 34), for comment see S.1495.
The 1995 Ostade Exhibition label text:
The lines of the drawing have been indented for transfer, showing that this rough sketch sufficed as the basis for van Ostade's etching, signed and dated 1653. The artist presumably developed the detail on the copper plate itself.
A drapery study of the father is in Hamburg (Kunsthalle) and a drawing of a similar mother and child is in Amsterdam (Rijksprentenkabinet).
There is also a watercolour in Haarlem (Teyler Museum) of a similar scene by Adriaen's younger brother, Isack, which probably predates Adriaen's composition.
Pious subjects of this kind were frequently depicted in the Calvinist Dutch Republic.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995 Jan-Apr, BM, Ostade (no cat.)
2010 Aug-Dec, BM, 'Preparatory Drawings by Ostade and Teniers' (no cat.)
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