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Attributed to Heemskerck, Egbert van, the elder (Dutch painter, born 1634 or 1635, died 1704, also active in England) , A Man Taking a Woman

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Title A Man Taking a Woman's Pulse
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist Attributed to Heemskerck, Egbert van, the elder (Dutch painter, born 1634 or 1635, died 1704, also active in England)
Previously attributed to school of Steen, Jan (Dutch painter, 1626-1679)
Date Earliest about 1550
Date Latest about 1800
Description A man is taking a woman's pulse. Between them is a woman holding a urine flask, which might indicate that the patient is pregnant. The ancient art of examining urine to find a medical diagnosis is known as uroscopy. Previously thought to be a work by the Dutch seventeenth-century painter Jan Steen, the work is now attributed to Egbert van Heemskerck the Elder. The white bonnet worn by the peasant is typical of those in other works by the artist. He was from a family of painters from Haarlem and they settled in London in the 1670s.
Current Accession Number 44703i
Former Accession Number P 44/1972
Subject figure; everyday life
Measurements 25 x 18.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Publications Wright, C., British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections, New Haven & London, 2006, p. 408.
Notes An oval painting. The exact work could not be found in the Witt Library but the faces are in keeping with those in other works by the artist. In particular, Heemskerck often portrays his female figures with white bonnets. Although this work is probably original, it could be a later seventeenth- or eighteenth-century copy.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn
 

 

 

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