The Wandering Musicians

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 dates
1712 - 1774
Full title
The Wandering Musicians
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
43.3 x 33 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1846
Inventory number
Location in Gallery