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Title A Barber Shaving a Man
Alternative Title A Barber-Surgeon Shaving a Man
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to after Ostade, Adriaen van (Dutch draftsman and painter, 1610-1685)
Attributed to imitator of Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest about 1645
Date Latest about 1800
Description This work is probably a copy after a work by Adriaen van Ostade now lost and whose subject matter is that of a boor being shaved by a barber. Ostade is known to have depicted such figures throughout his career, his most famous and copied scene is the Sense of Touch from the series of the five senses, which is also now lost and known only from a studio version. The lost work is also set in a stable-like interior and the figure standing at the workbench on the left in the Wellcome Library painting is very close to the one in the studio version.
Current Accession Number 45071i
Former Accession Number P 215/1947
Subject figure; interior; everyday life; still life
Measurements 41.7 x 52.3 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance Sale, W. & F. C. Bonham's, London, 12 December 1919, lot 669, as A Dutch Interior 'on panel, early period', 12 gns; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome, 12 December 1919.

On the reverse of the panel are the inscriptions 'G9' and 'No 705' which might indicate that this was shown in 1913 at an exhibition in Wigmore St that Wellcome organised. 'Lot 669' in chalk appears on the reverse.

Apparently this work is a copy after an untraced painting by Adriaen van Ostade, not included in Hofstede de Groot. A smaller copy was offered for sale at Christie's, Amsterdam, 29 September 1998, lot 33 (on wood 31.4 x 35.9 cm.) as 'A Boor Treated by a Quack in a Barn', eighteenth-century Dutch.

This work has broken planks of wood arranged as a wall/partition and this is seen in a number of other works by Ostade.

Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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