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Village scene with figures outside a cottage overgrown with a vine; in the right foreground a child blowing up a balloon, two others looking on, a woman leaning over a washstand beyond, a dog to left, and men drinking behind. 1673
Pen and brown ink, with watercolour, strengthened with gum and touched with bodycolour
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Height: 260 millimetres
Width: 221 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A similar street and cottage appears in the picture, signed and dated in the same year, once in the Hope collection (see Hind).
The 1995 Ostade Exhibition label text:
One of numerous watercolours produced by Adriaen van Ostade in the 1670s.
The composition, apart from the figures, is a variant of a watercolour in Amsterdam (Historisch Museum), also dated 1673. In the present work, the children in the foreground are blowing up a pig's bladder, and the figures beyond the arch are traditionally said to be involved in pig-killing. These motifs, together with the neglected state of the building and the overgrown ivy, may have been read as 'vanitas' symbols in the seventeenth century.
A similar street and cottage appear in a painting, signed and dated in the same year, now in Washington (National Gallery of Art).
The artist, who was based in Haarlem and probably a pupil of Frans Hals, reinvigorated the Netherlandish tradition of depicting low-life scenes in the manner of Pieter Bruegel.
Literature: Martin Royalton-Kisch, 'Old Master Drawings', 1996, pp.170-171, no.89.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996-7 Sept-Jan, BM, Malcolm Collection, no. 89
1995 Jan-Apr, BM, Ostade (no cat.)
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