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Title Two Men and a Woman Holding a Dead Bird
Alternative Title The Poultry Merchant
Collection Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead
Artist After Metsu, Gabriel (Dutch painter, 1629-1667)
Previously attributed to Metsu, Gabriel (Dutch painter, 1629-1667)
Date Earliest possibly 1700
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This is a spirited copy of a popular painting by the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Gabriel Metsu now in the Dresden Picture Gallery. Metsu specialised in scenes of everyday life, such as this poultry seller and her customer. Metsu's paintings of markets sometimes valorised the produce of the local area as a sign of the city's wealth, but here the interest is focused more on the freshness of the young woman's face in contrast to her more wrinkly companions. The copyist has added his own emphasis to the colour and the expression of people's faces.
Current Accession Number BIKGM:244C
Subject everyday life; figure; townscape; trade and industry
Measurements 61.2 x 45.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown, before 1980.
Notes

Reverse on canvas ur chalk '158/1969'; on stretcher cc 5; on frame uc 'B36'. Front on frame lc 'Gabriel Metzu'.

Copy of Metsu's The Young Woman Selling Poultry, in the Picture Gallery, Dresden, no. 1734. See Hofstede de Groot, C., A catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch painters of the seventeenth century, trans. Hawke, E. G., London, 1908, vol. 1, no. 44, p. 268, for description of the Dresden painting, which accords with the version at Birkenhead.

Rights Owner Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead; Wirral Museums Service
Author Dr Phillippa Plock
 

 

 

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