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David Teniers the Younger, A View of Het Sterckshof near Antwerp

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Full title A View of Het Sterckshof near Antwerp
Artist David Teniers the Younger
Artist dates 1610 - 1690
Date made about 1646
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 82 × 118 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1871
Inventory number NG817
Location Room 20
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A View of Het Sterckshof near Antwerp
David Teniers the Younger

David Teniers seldom painted identifiable buildings, but in this case the large house partially hidden by trees has been identified as Het Sterckshof near Antwerp. It belonged to Jacob Edelheer, who was city secretary as well as a collector of artworks and scientific instruments.

The figures on the bank may be Jacob and his family. The old man next to them may live on Edelheer’s land, and the fish he holds out a due as part of this agreement. Such dues may have included offering part of a catch of fish or a harvest of wheat, or it might entail a few days' labour for the landowner.

Teniers has given the family an aristocratic if faintly comic air, but the fishermen have cartoon-like features, exaggerated and grotesque, in his usual style.

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