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Skittle-players and bystanders on the Marktveld at Valkenburg, also called 'A young pickpocket amongst a crowd in a village square'; dog on l, near boy reaching into the purse of one of the crowd, church and other buildings behind crowd, tents in distance to left. 1625
Brush and grey ink over graphite sketch
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Height: 145 millimetres
Width: 254 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The 1995-6 Recent Acquisitions Exhibition label text:
Jan van Goyen was a profilic draughtsman and painter who made a distinctive contribution to the development of Dutch landscape in the seventeenth century. He was a pupil of Esaias van de Velde.
The present sheet is an early drawing of a type not previously represented in the main British collections. Van Goyen concentrated for a few years on such 'genre' subjects in which the figures dominate the scene. In his later work the figures play only a subsidiary rôle.
Literature: H-V Beck, 'Jan van Goyen (1596-1656): Ergänzungen, vol.III, 1987, no.51A, illust., see also 'National Art Collections Fund Review 1994', 1995, p. 127, under no.4057; Antheun Janse et al, 'De rijke historie van een nieuwe gemeente', exh. cat., Katwijks Museum, 2006, repr. fig.3 (as of the Marktveld at Valkenburg)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-6 Nov-Apr, BM, Recent Acquisitions (no cat.)
2003-4 Dec-April, BM, NACF exhibition
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
The NACF contributed 20% towards the purchase of this drawing, which bears the Klaver collection stamp on the inlay.
The auction catalogue (Sotheby's Amsterdam, 10.v.1994/10) states that the drawing bears an old French inscription in brown ink, on verso: 'Ma cousté 30#... / en 1766', which translates as 'Cost me 30#... in 1766'
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