A Musical Party in a Courtyard

The woman on the left is playing a violin. The houses seen across the canal are similar to those on the Keizersgracht, Amsterdam. The left-hand one bears a tablet with the date 1620 and is in the style of Hendrick de Keyser (1565 - 1621).

The painting is characteristic of de Hooch's Amsterdam period. In contrast to the middle-class interiors of his Delft paintings, he now focuses on more sophisticated domestic settings and elegant figures.

Key facts

Artist dates
1629 - 1684
Full title
A Musical Party in a Courtyard
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
83.5 x 68.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery