Adriaen van Ostade

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Adriaen van Ostade
Ale House Interior with Nine Peasants Smoking, Drinking, and Playing Cards or Tric-trac
Pen and brown ink, watercolor and opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on paper; the outlines incised with a stylus; the composition has been extended at the top by the addition of a strip about 1 5/8 inches wide; the pen work in the addition is in black rather than brown ink.
10 3/8 x 8 13/16 inches (263 x 224 mm)
Purchased as the gift of the Fellows.

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Watermark: none visible through lining or in raking light.
The Library possesses two versions of this composition, both finished watercolors and both signed, one with the artist's initials (1962.2) and one with the name in full and the date 1673 (I, 133). Although each drawing may have been intended to stand as an independent work, they nonetheless served as preparatory studies for the artist's signed and dated painting of the following year, formerly in the collection of A. de Rothschild, Ascott, Wing, near Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire (now the property of the National Trust).


Signed with initials on the faggot at left, in brown ink, "AV.(in ligature) O". Inscribed on the verso of the lining, in graphite, at upper center, "A. Ostade"; and at lower left, "Bale colln ["n" in superscript]". Stamped in lower right corner, in red ink, "M. K. & Co. / W.C. No. 1255" (the number in black ink).

Jacob de Vos Jbzn (1735-1833), Amsterdam (no mark; see Lugt 1450); his sale, Amsterdam, de Vries...Roos, 30 October 1833, Album I, lot 1 (for 325 fl.); Narcisse Revil (d. 1844), Paris (no mark; see Lugt 2138); his sale, Paris, Roussel & Defer, 29 March 1842, lot 167 (for 791 fr.); Charles Sackville Bale (1791-1880), London (no mark; see Lugt 640); probably his sale, London, Christie's, 9-14 June 1881, lot 2384: "Interior of a Cabaret, with eight figures - in colours" (to "Thibaudeau" for £34.13.0); J.P. Heseltine (1843-1929), London (Lugt 1507); M. Knoedler & Co., New York; acquired from R.M. Light & Co., Boston.
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Vos Jacobszoon, Jacob de, 1803-1878, former owner.
Revil, Narcisse, d. 1844 former owner.
Bale, Charles Sackville, 1791-1880, former owner.
Heseltine, J. P. (John Postle), 1843-1929, former owner.
Bale, Charles Sackville, 1791-1880, former owner.
Heseltine, J. P., former owner.


Adams, Frederick B., Jr., comp. Eleventh Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1961. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1961, p. 87-89, illus.
Pierpont Morgan Library. Review of Acquisitions, 1949-1968. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969, p. 157.
Stampfle, Felice. Rubens and Rembrandt in Their Century : Flemish and Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century from The Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1979, under no. 91.
Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 190.

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