1748 · London
We date our example to "ca. 1748-1760" due to the fact that Robert Sayer resided near Serjeants Inn, Fleet Street during this time.
Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685) was one of the most prolific Dutch artists of the 17th century. Trained in the studio of Franz Hals, he became well-known for his lively genre paintings of peasants, lawyers, doctors, farmers, and various trades. Later, influenced by the style of Rembrandt, he employed a warmer palette and deeper chiaroscuro effects, as here.
Not in Chaloner Smith, John, British Mezzotinto portraits from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century, 4 vols., London, 1883. (Inventory #: 2435)