PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR EGBERT HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN
The separate studies of a woman wiping a baby's bottom, of the baby, and of the woman's hand holding the cloth, illustrate very well how Ostade approached the development of his figures, and the details of his compositions. The motif must relate to one of a number of paintings that he made representing the Sense of Smell, although no painting is currently known that contains this exact figure.
The less fully developed study on the verso, of a child standing beside a woman's knee, can, however be linked to a known painting, the 1661 Peasant Family in a Cottage Interior (fig. 1), in the collection of Eijk and Rosemarie van Otterloo, and recently promised by them to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Whether Ostade made the study on the verso rather later than those on the recto, or reused an earlier motif when painting the van Otterloo panel, remains unclear, but the connection between painting and drawing is undeniable.
1. Hamburg, Kunsthalle, inv. nr. 22 292; B. Schnackenburg, Adriaen van Ostade, Isack van Ostade, Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, 2 vols., Hamburg 1981, vol. I, pp. 22, 40, 89, no. 46, reproduced vol. II, pl. 25
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