After ADRIAEN VAN OSTADE (Dutch, 1610-1685)
    Peasant Courting an Elderly Woman and The Smoker (a pair)
    Oil on beveled oak panels
    12-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches (32.4 x 24.8 cm)

    American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, sale "Knight" no. 3887, lot 119 as Cornelis Dusart (label verso);
    Private collection.

    These finely-painted genre scenes are after well-known compositions by the Dutch painter Adriaen van Ostade, who was celebrated for his scenes of peasants in interiors. The scene of the peasant man courting an elderly woman repeats Ostade's 1653 painting on oak in the National Gallery, London. In the 18th century this composition of two elderly lovers, or a contemporary print after it by Cornelis de Visscher (1619/29 - 1662), was known as 'Het zoute scholletje' (the salt plaice) or 'Het schollenmannetje' (literally, the little plaice man) which refers to the fish lying on the table. In addition to the etching by Visscher, the composition was engraved in mezzotint (a type of engraving invented in the 17th century) by Jacob Gole (about 1660 - about 1737) and also by Peter Schenk (1660 - about 1718/19).

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     Existing Frame 17.5 X 14.5 Inches Existing Frame 17.5 X 14.5 Inches Framed Dimensions 17.5 X 14.5 Inches

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