An Old Fiddler

In the background at the right a woman writes on a slate. The man wears archaic late 16th-century dress which can be compared with 'Self Portrait of the Artist, with a Cittern' by Frans van Mieris.

This painting is a copy, perhaps of a much later date, of a picture by van Mieris, signed and dated 1660, which was last recorded with Knoedler and Co., New York, in 1946. It differs from the original in having a vine rather than ivy trailing over the arch. There are many other copies and variations of this composition.

Key facts

Artist dates
1635 - 1681
Full title
An Old Fiddler
Date made
probably 18th century
Medium and support
Oil on oak
28.9 x 22.9 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1913
Inventory number
Location in Gallery