Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
EGBERT VAN HEEMSKERCK THE ELDER
Haarlem 1634/35 - 1704 London
A COBBLER AT HIS WORKBENCH
oil on oak panel
unframed: 23 x 19.5 cm.; 9 x 7⅝ in.
framed: 32 x 28.5 cm.; 12⅝ x 11¼ in.
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The uncradled, bevelled panel is flat and stable. The paint surface has a slightly discoloured but even varnish, and there are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals a campaign of sensitively executed retouchings throughout, the most concentrated areas of which are along the upper margin, in the wall to the left of the head of the cobbler, and in the sky visible through the window at the left. Other, small retouchings are scattered throughout the background and the torso and legs of the figure. The aforementioned restorations have been carefully executed and the painting is well presented and requires no further work.
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Acquired for the present collection in 1978.
The SØR Rusche Collection has been exhibited extensively over the last two decades. Please click here for further information.
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 2, Genre, Münster/Hamburg/London 1996, pp. 118-19, cat. no. 27, reproduced in colour.