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ID number: BIRBI-49.8
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Dusart, Cornelis (1660-1704)
Title / Object name: The Milk Seller
Object type: Painting
Date made: 1679
Materials: Oil on wood
Measurements: 38.8 x 29.5 cm unframed; 49.6 x 40.7 x 5.1cm framed
Provenance: Six Collection, Amsterdam; Mensing sale, Amsterdam, 16 October 1928 (lot 9), purchased by Staal for 11,000 florins for Mrs D. Bingham, Amsterdam; purchased by Seventeenth Century Masters Ltd; purchased from Seventeenth Century Masters Ltd., in 1949 for £1,750.
Dusart’s earliest dated work was produced in the year he completed his studies with Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685). It is based on a drawing by his teacher which typically shows a peasant scene. A travelling milk seller, with a yoke across her back, fills a bowl from her tub. She is watched by three generations of a family, including a girl with her doll and a boy with a hoop. Dusart, however, pays equal attention to the cottage’s picturesque quality with its variously textured walls and wooden accretions.
Inscriptions / Translations: Signed and dated l.r.: K. Dusart 1679
Notes: Exhibited: 'Dutch Genre Painting', Arts Council of Great Britain, Cardiff, 1958, no. 15.
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