An Urchin Mocking an Old Woman Eating Migas

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An old woman sits in the foreground jealously guarding the humble food that she’s eating. Behind her is a young boy, who mockingly directs the viewer's attention towards her. The painting may have been purchased by William Blathwayt I (1649?–1717), perhaps from his uncle Thomas Povey (1613/1614–c.1705), from whom he purchased many of his pictures. Alternatively, it may have been acquired through the Flemish artist Jan Siberchts (1627–1703), who seems to have acted as a dealer for Blathwayt. If this work did form part of William Blathwayt I’s collection, it would have been one of the earliest paintings by the Spanish artist to enter an English collection. It was included in a large sale of paintings from Dyrham Park in 1765, held to satisfy the debts of Blathwayt’s grandson.

National Trust, Dyrham Park

near Bath


An Urchin Mocking an Old Woman Eating Migas




oil on canvas


H 147.5 x W 106.5 cm

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purchased by the Ministry of Works through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust for Dyrham Park, 1956

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