A Woman and a Fish-pedlar in a Kitchen

On the sill are two ducks, a basket of snipe, and fish; hanging on the right, a pheasant and two rabbits. The bas-relief is a variant of a 'Triumph of Galatea' relief which appears in several of van Mieris' paintings (e.g. 'Joseph and Potiphar's Wife', Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle).

This is one of several variations van Mieris painted in the tradition of Gerrit Dou's 'niche paintings' (the depiction of an interior through a window or aperture); Dou's 'A Poulterer's Shop' is also in the National Gallery's Collection.

Key facts

Artist dates
1662 - 1747
Full title
A Woman and a Fish-pedlar in a Kitchen
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
49.5 x 41 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1871
Inventory number
Location in Gallery