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This grisaille work (painted in shades of black, white and grey) is a copy of a picture by Jan Steen known as ‘Old Wooer, Young Maid’. It’s a more appropriate title, emphasising that the man is probably making advances to the younger of the two women, who turns towards him.
The painting was probably made by (or for) Samuel de Wilde (1748–1832) in preparation for his print after Steen’s original.
An Itinerant Musician saluting Two Women in a Kitchen
probably about 1770
Oil on paper
H 46 x W 36.8 cm
Bequeathed by Sir William H. Gregory, 1892