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Pieter Jansz. Quast
AMSTERDAM 1605/6 - 1647
THE QUACK DOCTOR
Black chalk, within partial black chalk framing lines, on vellum;
bears attribution, number and lettering in black chalk, versoPet. Quast...1897...N=;
signed in black chalk, lower right: Pieter Quast
227 by 358 mm
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Provenance

August Artaria (L.33);
possibly his sale, Vienna, H.O. Miethke, 12 January 1886;
Julius Gustav Licht;
Dr. Arthur Feldmann, Brno,
sale, Lucerne, Gilhofer and Ranschburg, 28 June 1934, lot 221 (unsold);
acquired in 1960 by a London private collector,
by descent until sale, New York, Sotheby's, 27 January 2010, lot 77,
where purchased by the late owner

Catalogue Note

This is a fine example of the comic scenes depicted by Quast, which were often drawn from specific sources in popular theatre.  The Quack Doctor was frequently satirised in Dutch 17th Century art and indeed another drawing by Quast, showing the fraudster selling his wares, was sold in New York in 2015.1

1. Sale, New York, Christie's, 29 January 2015, lot 47

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