Not much is known about the life of this female artist working in Friesland, and Margareta de Heer is mostly known for her small paintings of insects, which she painted in gouache on paper. The present work is therefore of an unusual subject, especially as there appears to have been little demand for genre paintings in Friesland at that time. This work however does not stand alone, as another very similar signed version of approximately the same size exists, in the Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester. This work was included in the exhibition on Dutch paintings in Birmingham in 1989/90.
 Ch. Wright, Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century, Images of a Golden Age in British Collections, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1989/90, pp. 77-79, cat. no. 47, reproduced.
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