|Alternative Title||The Cobbler|
|Collection||Northampton Museum and Art Gallery|
|Artist|| After Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
After Le Bas, Jacques Philippe (French printmaker, 1707-1783)
Attributed to Flemish School
Previously attributed to Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
|Date Earliest||probably 1744|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1800|
This small oil painting shows a shoemaker at work, surrounded by the tools of his trade. Above the shoemaker's head hangs a wicker cage, inside which is a canary, and a broken clay pipe lies on the floor.
This work is based on an engraving by J. P. Le Bas dated 1744, which is in turn based on a lost painting by David Teniers the younger, the prolific seventeenth-century Dutch painter of everyday-life scenes. The colour and technique are reminiscent of Teniers's works, but the painting seems to be of eighteenth-, rather than seventeenth-century, date.
|Current Accession Number||1963.12|
|Former Accession Number||P.12.1963|
|Subject||figure; interior; animal (bird, canary); trade and industry (shoemaker)|
|Measurements||29.0 x 24 cm.0 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on panel|
|Acquisition Details||Purchased from Appleby Brothers 1963.|
|Provenance||Spedding collection; Appleby Brothers Ltd, London, by 1962.|
|Principal Exhibitions||First Exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Oil Painting of the 17th and 18th Century, 1962, Appleby Brothers Ltd, London, cat. no. 2; The Shoemaker in Art, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, 1961, cat. no. 41.|
|Publications||Catalogue of Shoe and Shoemaker Pictures and Works of Art, Northampton, 1975, cat. no. 59, ill.; Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c. 1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 65, as The Cobbler.|
For Le Bas's engraving, see Sjöberg, Y., Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes: Inventaire du fond français, graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, vol. 13, 1974, p. 219, cat. no. 379. It is illustrated in R. Forrer, Archäologisches zur Geschichte des Schuhes aller Zeiten, Schönenwerd, 1942, pl. 109.
A doubtful monogram was recorded on the front of the painting.
|Rights Owner||Northampton Museum and Art Gallery|
|Author||Pablo Pérez d'Ors; Dr Angela Smith|