PIETER DE BLOOT
Rotterdam 1601 - 1658
BEGGARS GATHERING OUTSIDE A CONVENT
signed and dated lower left: P De Bloot / 1641
oil on oak panel
unframed: 39.4 x 61 cm.; 15½ x 24 in.
framed: 55.1 x 77.1 cm.; 22 x 30⅜ in.
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The single oak panel is uncradled, flat, and stable. The paint surface is fairly clean, and the varnish is clear and even. There is surface accretion visible in the shoulder of the dog lower centre. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals an extensive campaign of fine lines of retouching: along the wood grain throughout the sky, small strengthenings in the foliage of the tree to the right and in the cross on the left, some small scattered retouchings in the lower right corner, and to a small damage in the bank just left of centre, approx. 1 cm. long. None of these distract from the legibility of the image though; the painting is ready to hang in its current state, and is in overall good condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 25 October 1946, lot 117 (as Droochsloot);
With Duits, London;
Anonymous sale, The Hague, Venduehuis der Notarissen, 20-22 April 1993, lot 35 (as de Bloot, signed and dated 164?);
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 15 April 1999, lot 3 (as Droochsloot, and signed and dated Dr...sloot / 1641);
With Wieg, Amsterdam, by 2003 (as de Bloot).
Pieter de Bloot was born in Rotterdam in 1601. His work mostly consists of landscape and genre paintings and is reminiscent of the style of Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers and Joost Cornelisz. Droochsloot, to whom the present work was previously attributed.