A Cobbler

The cobbler repairs shoes while his companion smokes. A water pump is against the wall on the right.

This picture has in the past been considered a work by van Ostade himself, but it is now recognised as a slightly enlarged copy after an etching by him. Although other copies are recorded, no original painting of the composition is known.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 - 1685
Full title
A Cobbler
Date made
about 1680 - about 1720
Medium and support
Oil on oak
22.6 x 18.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery