Pieter de Hooch - A Boy Bringing Bread (Wallace Collection, London) 1663
Pieter de Hooch (or Hoogh, Hooghe) (1629-1684) was a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his quiet domestic scenes with a few figures. In the background there a canal with a second woman can be seen, possibly the boy’s mother. Originally a girl reading a book sat in the doorway, but she was painted out in favour of the lady and the boy, who leads the eye to the doorway. Purchased by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford for his collection c. 1865.
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