The costume of the old woman on the left, with its prominent gold braiding on the bodice, was traditional dress in the Province of North Holland. In the right background a quack has set up his stall beneath his distinctive Chinese umbrella.

The model for the cobbler reappears in Victors's 'The Swine Butcher', signed and dated 1648 (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum) and in another picture of 1651 (York, City Art Gallery). This picture was probably painted in about 1650.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1619 - 1676 or later
Full title
A Village Scene with a Cobbler
Date made
about 1650
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
63 x 78.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1890
Inventory number
NG1312
Location in Gallery