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Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
A HURDY-GURDY PLAYER AT THE DOOR OF HOUSE
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Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
A HURDY-GURDY PLAYER AT THE DOOR OF HOUSE
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Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade
HAARLEM 1610 - 1685
A HURDY-GURDY PLAYER AT THE DOOR OF HOUSE
Pen and brown ink and brown and grey wash over black chalk, within brown ink framing lines; partially indented for transfer;
signed with initials, lower right: Av.o;
bears numbering in red chalk, versoNo. 1-7 m
102 by 91 mm
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Provenance

Sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 9 November 1998, lot 134,
where purchased by the late owner

Catalogue Note

At the time of the 1998 sale, Dr. Bernhard Schnackenburg confirmed the attribution of this delightful and very characteristic drawing by Adriaen van Ostade, observing that it seems to be a late work, dating from after 1670. 

Although the composition is very close to that of a painting once in the collection of Lord Northbrook (fig. 1)1, the drawing must have been made as the design for an unexecuted etching.  The outlines of the doorway, the figures within it, and the children in the foreground are all indented for transfer, but not those of the hurdy-gurdy player himself, suggesting that the artist was still working out his composition.  In the end, no related print seems to have been completed, although there are close similarities of format and mood with etchings such as the Peasant leaning on his Doorway (B.9), the Mother with two Children (B.14) and The Doll (B.16), the last of which is dated 1679.  

Whether this drawing or the Northbrook painting came first remains a matter of speculation.  Ostade could have made the drawing first as a design for a print, and then, having decided against going ahead with the print, have recycled it as the basis for a painting.  Or he could have made the painting first, and then considered making a related print.  Either way, though, this very appealing drawing captures the essence of Ostade's engaging style and accomplished draughtsmanship.  

1.  W. Bernt, The Netherlandish Painters of the Seventeenth Century, London/New York 1970, vol. II, no. 887 

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