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Peasant seated, reading
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Peasant seated, reading

Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685)

Pen and ink (brown), watercolour (brown) on paper

Height: 9.8 cm; Width: 6.9 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This study shows a peasant reading clumsily, sitting sideways on his chair. The black chalk under-drawing around the legs suggests that Ostade had originally planned to show the figure sitting properly on the chair. Peasants reading were a popular motif, as broadsheets (the forerunners of newspapers) had only recently been invented, and artists were curious about how they would adapt to this new medium. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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