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The Wandering Musicians
Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich

In the background at the right is an inn with the sign of a jug and compasses. The figures in the foreground play a hurdy-gurdy and a fiddle. The composition appears to be derived from the work of the 17th-century Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade and the style imitates his manner.

Dietrich himself later made an etching of the composition. It was also engraved by his friend Jean-George Wille (1715 - 1808). In 1761 Wille asked Dietrich to paint a pendant for the work, and this picture, of a woman selling pancakes, reached Paris in 1764.

Key facts
Artist Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich
Artist dates 1712 - 1774
Full title The Wandering Musicians
Date made 1745
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 43.3 x 33 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1846
Inventory number NG205
Location in Gallery Not on display
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