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Title An Old Vegetable Dealer
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Brekelenkam, Quiringh van (Dutch painter, after 1622-1669 or after)
Date Earliest possibly about 1650
Date Latest probably about 1670
Signed yes
Description Market-stalls were a popular subject in mid-seventeenth-century Dutch painting. Quiringh van Brekelenkam painted a number of versions of the theme of the vegetable seller. The formula was created and repeated by other painters working in Leiden, such as Gerrit Dou, under whom Brekelenkam probably trained. In these images, the seller is represented half-length surrounded by foodstuffs which are rendered in detail. Brekelenkam focused on the isolated figure of the woman, avoiding any anecdotal or narrative element. The looser handling and fluent brushwork are characteristic of his early works depicting scenes of everyday life.
Current Accession Number B.M.221
Former Accession Number No. 74
Inscription front ll 'Q. B.'
Subject everyday life (market stall); trade and industry; still life (vegetables)
Measurements 25.5 x 20 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Provenance Purchased by John Bowes possibly in England, 1837, £5.
Principal Exhibitions Dutch and Flemish Paintings of the 17th Century, Pottery and Porcelain from Northern Collections, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 1963, cat. no. 38.
Publications Lasius, A., Quiringh van Brekelenkam, Doornspijk, 1992, cat. no. 38, ill. p. 107.

A very similar composition, Elderly Woman Seated beside a Table with a Basket of Cherries signed by Brekelenkam, sold at Sotheby's, 6 December 1995.

Referring to this type of composition, A. Lasius observed that 'on balance, this group of pictures must be counted among Brekelenkam's weaker works, since they are very simple in composition and often poor in quality'.

Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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