The old man saluting the women in the kitchen has a flute in his breeches pocket, which suggests that he is an itinerant musician.

This monochrome picture ('grisaille'), painted on paper, is a copy of a painting by Jan Steen in an English private collection. It was probably made by (or for) Samuel de Wilde (1748 - 1832) in preparation for his print after Steen's original. The signature cannot be considered genuine.

Key facts

Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
An Itinerant Musician saluting Two Women in a Kitchen
Date made
probably about 1770
Medium and support
Oil on paper
46 x 36.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir William H. Gregory, 1892
Inventory number
Location in Gallery