A Woman Asleep by a Fire

The stoneware jug on the table has a relief, which appears to show Adam and Eve before God the Father. The subject of an old woman sleeping in a chair or gazing into a fire was popular with Brekelenkam and his contemporaries in Leiden, and this painting is one of several on this theme by the artist.

In the second half of the 18th century, this painting belonged to Jean-Etienne Liotard, whose work is also represented in the Collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1644; died 1668
Full title
A Woman Asleep by a Fire
Date made
about 1648
Medium and support
Oil on oak
43.7 x 32.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery