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Jan Steen
(1626 - Leiden - 1679)

“A lively annual Fair and Kermesse, possibly in Warmond, with many figures and two boats”

Oil on panel
47,5 x 66 cm
signed with remnants of monogram (lower left), datable to 1655 - 1660
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Notes

This composition is similar to two drawings by the artist’s father in law,
Jan van Goyen (see H-U. Beck, Vol. I, nos. 385 and 388); they both lived near Warmond and may well have sat together painting and drawing during the annual fair.

Provenance

– Sickesz collection, Schloss de Close, Lochem;
– Willem Pieter Hubert, Rotterdam, circa 1900;
– to his widow Johanna Anetta Pluijgers;
– to her daughter Arnoldina Fanny Hubert (1883-1947) and her husband Ulrich Willem Frederik van Panhuys (1878 – 1927);
– Van Panhuys sale Amsterdam, 27 October 1964, lot no. 543, illustrated on the cover of the catalogue;
– Douwes Fine Art London, ca 1996;
– from a private Dutch collection;
– Douwes Fine Art, Amsterdam, 2008;
– Private collection, the Netherlands.

Exhibition

– ‘Van Jan Steen tot Jan Sluijters, De smaak van Douwes’, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, 21 Nov. 1998 – Feb. 1999, with ill. in catalogue.

Literature

– H. Gerson, “Kunsthistorische Mededelingen van het Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie”, The Hague, 1948, no. 4, p. 54, fig. 7;
– K. Braun, Jan Steen Oeuvre Catalogue, Rotterdam 1980, cat. no. 80, p. 96, & ill.;
– C. Hofstede de Groot, “A Catalogue Raisonn√© of the works of the most eminent Dutch Painters of the 17th Century”, Vol. I, no. 258 A (in handwritten amendment);

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