ADRIAEN VAN OSTADE
1610 - Haarlem - 1685
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The Schoolmaster probably 1670s
etching on laid paper; 92 x 83 mm (3 ⅝ x 3 ¼ inches)
Bartsch 17, Davidsohn, Godefroy, and Hollstein first state (of three)
partially visible foolscap (probably Godefroy 21)
.douard Veltman (according to a pencil annotation on the verso; Godefroy also mentions an impression of the first state as being in Veltman’s possession)
Dr. Walter Beck, Berlin (Lugt 2603b)
Eug.ne Victor Rouir, Marcinelle (Lugt 2156a)
Carlo de Poortere, Courtrai (Lugt 3467)
Christie’s, London, June 27, 1996, lot 189, sold to
Jiles Boon (not stamped)
A superb impression, printing with tone and inky plate edges and 3-mm-wide margins all round; apart from a small repair outside the plate in the lower-left corner, in pristine condition.
Widely different dates have been suggested for this print. Godefroy dated it to “1644?” whereas both Bernhard Schnackenburg and Leonard Slatkes put it firmly into the 1670s. William Pelletier concurs with the latter and points out that “the style of the etching is consistent with Ostade’s late works” (cat. Athens, p. 100; all three states of the print described on pp. 99–101 under nos. 42–44).
Ostade’s design drawing in pen-and-brown ink over graphite, indented for transfer of the outlines onto the plate, survives in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin (Schnackenburg, vol. 1, p. 120, cat. no. 207, vol. 2, ill. p. 97).